A-10 crash lands with landing gear retracted - still OK

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A-10 crash lands with landing gear retracted - still OK

The A-10 was designed to land with its undercarriage retracted in case of battle damage. Note that the wheels are still 'out' even though retracted. What a great idea, other planes could easily have this ability, with minimal loss in flight ability. Comments below from http://www.militaryphotos.net

An A-10 sits on the runway after making an emergency landing March 25 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The A-10 touched down with its landing gear in the up position after declaring an in-flight emergency.

The pilot was not harmed. The aircraft, assigned to the 75th Fighter Squadron at Moody AFB, Ga., was participating in a Green Flag sortie out of Nellis AFB, Nev. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brad White)

The A-10 was designed to emergency land with the undercarriage RETRACTED as a standard procedure.

The simple reason is that should the pilot allow gravity to drop the gear there is no guarantee that the gear would lock in place.

The standard procedure is to go in with gear UP, provided munitions can be dropped before landing, as the pilots can land on the two mains and still put the aircraft down with very little damage to the aircraft and still have braking control the whole time during the landing on the mains.

Note: the A-10 have vertical shocks above the retracted leg and the wheels can operate fully in the retracted position without problem, provided the landing is fairly soft.

It is funny that the chocked the wheel, but notice that the plane is sitting on the wheel, even though the gear is fully retracted.

There should be minimal damage to the aircraft, one of the great design features of the A-10. Its also extremely unusual for an A-10 to even have to make a wheels-up, the landing gear is designed to be able to deploy by gravity and wind forces even in the event of complete failure of the redundant hydraulic systems.
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By netchicken: posted on 4-4-2008








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