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How do airplane wheels differ from automobile wheels and why?

Let's start with tire pressure. A car tire has somewhere between 2 and 3.5 bars (that's 29 to 51 psi) while airplane tires go up to 24 bars (350 psi). Next, they must withstand extremely heavy loads ...
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How is it possible for the MIG 21 to have full rudder to the left, but the nose wheel move freely to the right and then straight or to the left?

Davidw mentioned the book "Red Eagles". It has a passage about steering the MiG-17 and says the MiG-21 used exactly the same system. In the following passage, he is quoting pilot Jose ...
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Function of door in front of nose landing gear bay on the 737

It's called the "E&E Bay," for Electronics & Equipment. Inside are a bunch of black boxes for radios, radar, computers, and so forth. The crew doesn't go there; it's for maintenance. ...
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How is it possible for the MIG 21 to have full rudder to the left, but the nose wheel move freely to the right and then straight or to the left?

Most larger jet aircraft do not have a full time link between rudder pedals and nosewheel steering. In planes I have flown there is a nosewheel steering button on the control stick. It is spring ...
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