I've noticed that on almost all aircraft (Boeing, Airbus etc.) the nose gear rotates forwards for retraction.
However, on a some aircraft, in particular a few Russian models, the opposite is used: the nose gear is rotated towards the rear for stowage:
(this includes the Tu154, Tu134)
Is there any logic behind this decision? I imagined it was better to place it folding forwards, such that the gear was assisted into place by the air, especially for manual free fall. Looking at pictures of the TU-154 with its gear down, there seems to be plenty of space forward.