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No prior knowledge of this design choice, but the design direction seems pretty clear here. The original design reduces load towards the wingtip for efficiency. The textbook spanwise loading for maximum efficiency is the elliptical loading, however when tip devices, as in the original design, are employed, the tip load should not be zero. With a tip device, ...


Position OPEN is guarantee correct work supply air bleed, AUTO is not. For safety.


The scissors struts on that gear physically lock in alignment instead of over centering. The inboard strut extends into the outer one a short distance, which is forked to accommodate it. The little actuator with the lever and springs is the downlock mechanism. The downlock will have some sort of pawl or plunger interface hidden inside that forked ...

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