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Video: C-5 Galaxy And The Crazy Rotating Main Gear Trucks

 I've been familiar with the C-5 Galaxy since I was a kid, but for some reason I never caught the detail about the main gear trucks rotating 90 degrees before they tuck up inside the fuselage bulges. I noticed this for the first time when I got some nice pix of the one departing Oshkosh 2010 - you can see the pix about halfway down the page in this OSH10 Picstream #8 post.

 This video I found today gives a good look at the basic retraction procedure. There are 4 main trucks in all, each with 6 tires, but only one truck is seen in the video. The engineering required to make all this work seems rather intensive, especially when you consider that the airplane has a gross weight over 800,000 pounds! I'm a geek for this kind of stuff... I watched it about 6 times : )


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Have you ever seen how the mains retracted on the XB-70? This is a long video, but it does eventually fly about 8 minute into it. Check out the AOA as it climbs out. Very cool aircraft.


November 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScott Ely

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