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Old 7th Sep 2010, 06:24
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Runaround Valve
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Between East and West Poles.
Posts: 69
Main Landing Gear Shortening.

I believe that the main landing gear was shortened to fit into the wheel wells during the retraction sequence.
As I see it, as the gear started to retract, the oleo`s were compressed to something like when the weight was on the wheels. Then a latch would have been applied before the gear reached the full up position to hold the gear strut compressed.
I would like to find out more how this was accomplished.
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