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A taildragger is an aircraft whose undercarriage consists of (usually) two main wheels forward of the center of gravity, and a small wheel or skid to support the tail.

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Are crosswind corrections during taildragger taxiing the same as with tricycle gear?

When doing crosswind corrections during taxiing with a tail dragger, is it the same with the tricycle gear or not? Confused with the elevator part.
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Why are conventional gear planes designed with the nose pointing up?

Most of the tricycle gear planes have a level or mostly level posture when on the ground. Why weren't coonvention gear planes designed like this? It would give pilots better visibility and give ...
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Which aircraft is easier to land-- Supermarine Spitfire or North American P-51 Mustang? [closed]

Which aircraft is easier to land (without ground-looping)-- the Supermarine Spitfire or the North American P-51 Mustang? If the answer is different depending on conditions (e.g. no-wind versus ...
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How is directional control during takeoff and landing maintained in tailwheel airplanes equipped with skis?

Reading this question got me wondering: From what I've heard and read about taildraggers, brakes are needed during takeoff and/or landing rolls to maintain directional control and prevent a ground ...
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What causes a taildragger to lift its tail during the takeoff roll?

The rear of a taildragger is closer to the ground than the front. As the aircraft moves forward (I guess at its stall speed), its tail rises up and the aircraft moves with the fuselage level before ...
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In a tailwheel plane, which design elements affect the propensity for a ground loop?

In comparisons between conventional gear vs. tricycle gear aircraft, it is generally explained that the CG location relative to the mains is a necessary condition for ground-looping. But there's very ...
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Why does a force on a propeller act 90° "ahead" due to gyroscopic precession?

This is a common explanation: A tailwheel airplane is on the takeoff roll and the tail comes up, the propeller disc rotates forward. That's akin to someone pushing on the top of the disc. The force ...
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Why might a too-wide runway be a problem?

In the September 2020 issue of EAA's Sport Aviation, Budd Davisson writes Runway width becomes a problem for some taildraggers when it gets to be less than 35-40 feet because of the lack of ...
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Why do tail dragging seaplanes not exist?

I am in the process of starting to build an ultralight that will be a tail dragger with floats, and in my conversations with the fellows I'm building it with, we've realized we've never seen a plane ...
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What is the effect of a taildragger on P-factor?

By looking an image of P-40 Warhawk with taildragger (and other vintage warplanes), one can conspicuously find the propeller disc of this aircraft isn't perpendicular to the relative airflow which ...
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What is the recommended procedure to land a taildragger in a crosswind?

Almost 20 years ago I helped a friend (who recently passed away from an unfortunate home accident) ferry a 1948 Stinson from Córdoba, Argentina, to Buenos Aires. We had to make several stops to refuel ...
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Why Buy A C182/172 Instead Of An C180/170? [closed]

So a thought came to my mind which covers not only Cessna planes but all others. The Taildraggers need a little bit less runway becayse AOA on takeoff is good and that AOA eliminates the need of ...
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Are there examples of taildragger autoland systems?

I have only been able to find examples of auto-land systems for tricycle gear. Is there an equivalent for taildraggers? I realize taildraggers are more commonly used in VFR conditions, so there may ...
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Why is it 'aileron right and elevator up' with a front-right wind in a tailwheel airplane?

Question: How should the flight controls be held while taxiing a tailwheel airplane into a right quartering headwind? Answer: When taxiing a tailwheel airplane into a right quartering headwind, use ...
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Why do light taildraggers swirl uncontrollably on runways in a simulator? [duplicate]

When a pilot chooses to run at a speed way above its takeoff speed on the runway in a simulator without taking off, the plane begins to skid and spins 360 uncontrollably around the yaw axis, what is ...
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What is the largest taildragger in history?

Large, modern multi-engine airplanes do mostly have the 'tricycle' landing gear type. But it hasn't always be the norm. I remember at least one big plane with 'conventional landing gear', the German ...
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How do you check for soft or muddy ground on a backcountry landing?

I've been curious about backcountry landings, but one part of the practice still seems to based more on instinct and experience than on well-explained processes. I've read about making sure the strip ...
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What does "stuff it in the back right corner" mean?

I'm still catching up with Flightchops, and came across this episode about his first tail wheel solo. As he touches down for his first landing (around 5:03 in the video) he says "Get ready to stuff ...
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Did WWII fighters have inverted airfoils for horizontal stabilizers?

Like would for example the P-47 most likely have symmetric, normal or inverted airfoil as horz. tail? Is my analysis correct?: It has a CG at 25-32% MAC according to manual. Since AC on wings is ...
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Would a stationary WWII fighter fall on its nose with full throttle and brakes on?

Would a stationary WWII fighter fall on its nose with full throttle and brakes on? It's a general question, but I am interested in the Republic P-47.
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Can a taildragger land tail first?

Inspired by this question... How does a taildragger take off? Does it rotate? I imagine if a taildragger has to land front wheels first it has a very limited range of Angle of Attack (if the pilot ...
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How does a taildragger take off? Does it rotate?

All the planes I've ever seen taking off (big airliners) first lift the small front wheel from the ground, then rotate and ultimately lift up. If the small wheel is on the tail instead, in which ...
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Would the Gee Bee be allowed to fly today, with so little forward visibility?

When looking at the Gee Bee: Source I wonder what the pilot is actually able to see, when rolling on the runway, when flying level, or trying to locate a possible emergency landing place. It seems ...
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Has there ever been a tail-dragger with retractable tail-gear?

This comes from a slightly related question about drag from landing gear. A tail-dragger is the old-school layout of aircraft, particularly WW2-era fighters. It's also known as Conventional Landing ...
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Why are taildraggers considered more rugged than tricycle?

Not trying to get into the age old debate of which is better. From mechanical perspective, all landing gears are just long cantilevered beams. With a greater instability, one would expect tail ...
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How does a taildragger steer (taxi) differently to tricycle gear?

I'm aware that there is a difference of some sort. Does a taildragger inherently require more room than a nose gear to taxi around a corner?
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When taxiing a taildragger across a kerb, is it best to cross straight-on or at an angle?

The grass taxiways at my local aerodrome are sometimes crossed by hard surfaces. Where they cross, the levels don't quite match, so there's a bump as you cross: not quite a pavement kerb, but still a ...
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Is there a good reason why modern airliners can't have conventional landing gears (vs. tricycle landing gears)?

By "good reason", I mean a reason that we definitely cannot overcome with reasonable changes in aircraft design, control laws or procedures. As possible benefits of this I see a much smaller (= ...
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What would happen if a pilot tried to land with a tailwind? [duplicate]

What if a pilot was forced to land in a tailwind? Would this be possible and what is the maximum tailwind an aircraft can handle?
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Why tail wheel rather than tricycle?

I'm working towards my tail wheel rating and enjoying it greatly. But, people ask me why some planes have a conventional landing gear (tail wheel). Why indeed? I understand perhaps why they had them ...
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How difficult is it to avoid ground loop in practice?

In my simulator (flightgear) directional control during take-off of most tail-draggers is extremely difficult. When the tail lifts off, it immediately starts to turn to the left with no crosswind, but ...
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What are the properties of the wing (airfoil symmetry, angle of incidence) of an aerobatic aircraft?

On an aerobatic aircraft, such as an Sbach342, what type of airfoil does it have and what angle of incidence does it have in relation to the fuselage?
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Why do most aerobatic aircraft have conventional landing gear?

I was browsing images of aerobatic aircraft on Google and noticed that the vast majority of them have conventional "tail-dragger" landing gear. Is there any practical reason why this is the case, or ...
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What makes the perfect landing in a tail-dragger?

What is the 'perfect landing' in a tail-dragger? Do you try to float down to a main-gear landing at minimal descent speed, or do you attempt to float to the point where your tail will either start to ...
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What do you call the portion of a tail-dragger takeoff when the tail is in the air?

During a take-off roll out down the runway, in a tail-dragger airplane, what is the period of time called where the plane is level, with the main gear still on the runway, but the tail has come up off ...
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