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Old 5th Feb 2021, 10:56
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And there's me thinking that the Trident (weird but logical) offset nosewheel qualifies -not even close
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I'm glad it wasn't only me getting ready to suggest that.
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Old 5th Feb 2021, 11:17
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And there was the Vickers Windsor......


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Old 5th Feb 2021, 11:29
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Enough with the ugly aeroplanes already. My eyes are bleeding.
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I always thought the Windsor was a dumb idea but it's only dawned on me, literally in the last few months, that with a geodetic wing it wasn't so dumb after all.
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Old 5th Feb 2021, 11:33
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Here is one more:http://www.luftarchiv.de/index.htm?/piloten/ar232.htm
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Old 5th Feb 2021, 12:08
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No piccy, but I seem to recall a Percival high wing s/e intended for freight and agricultural work ?
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Old 5th Feb 2021, 12:20
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CJ, I think you are referring to the Percival Protector ?
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Could be the Edgar Percival (as opposed to just Percival) Ep.9 which was an odd looking thing but with a relatively normal undercarriage, given its design.
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Old 5th Feb 2021, 12:27
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Ah yes, the Prospector (remember seeing one at Oshkosh) - which reminds me of the Auster Shopping Trolley - the B.4:


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Possibly off-topic (not really configuration), but I wonder if there were any issues with the Tridents off-centre nose wheel. I've never heard about there being any problems but it sure looked odd.
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https://i.stack.imgur.com/XZEYN.jpg

The Il-62 tailwheel. Used on the ground to prevent tipping.

And my all time favorite the Sea Dart:


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Old 5th Feb 2021, 13:02
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Possibly off-topic (not really configuration), but I wonder if there were any issues with the Tridents off-centre nose wheel. I've never heard about there being any problems but it sure looked odd.
Yes, the offset weight of the wheels when stowed caused the aircraft to fly right wing low.
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Ah yes, the Prospector (remember seeing one at Oshkosh) - which reminds me of the Auster Shopping Trolley - the B.4:

That's certainly odd but the picture I found was a bit less odd.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Percival-N747JC.JPG
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Old 5th Feb 2021, 13:23
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Ah yes, N747JC was the EP9 I saw at KOSH! I remember another one at Biggin in the late 80s - involved in a nasty fatal crash shortly afterwards at Lydd - parachutists aboard as I recall.
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Yes, the offset weight of the wheels when stowed caused the aircraft to fly right wing low.
Ah,so that explains why they frequently used to stray from centre line when going up and down UA37 ,and often needed a 'little help'
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Old 5th Feb 2021, 13:37
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Is that why CAAC bought them?
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Dornier had something special for the Do 27 on mud and soft grounds:
https://images.app.goo.gl/VqzjhtnCTuhnt4v7A
Check out the B-36 version of that:


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Did they develop that after the Boscombe Down out-landing?
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As far as I know it was tested on the prototype, so the answer is: probably not. It would certainly have been a better option on that particular occasion...
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