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Old 4th Feb 2021, 19:38
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Aircraft with unusual landing gear configurations

I have an offspring working on his final year aero eng project and need a little help.

I dimly recall there being an aircraft that more-or-less had a wheel at each corner of it's boxy fuselage. Think shopping trolley or, heaven forfend, a helicopter...

I know why it's not a great idea, but I'd like to look at the history of any type that did try it to see what handling problems it had in reality.

Couldn't think of a better place to ask!
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Old 4th Feb 2021, 20:58
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Lockspeiser LDA-01? It had a more conventional nosewheel in a later guise...


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Brilliant - it's not the one I'm thinking of but it gives me something to go on. Many thanks.
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Hmmm, there was a light aircraft... high wing... tractor engine... (no, I'm not thinking of anything with Wipline floats!)

Various car-planes over the years...
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Fairchild XC-120 was another four wheeler...
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Sikorsky S-55/H-19
Westland Wasp
Lockheed XFV
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Old 4th Feb 2021, 21:37
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Not the one you are looking for, but I present the SNECMA Coléoptère.





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And the M-323



And of course the “Roc” Stratolaunch


(The plane on the left of the picture)
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Old 4th Feb 2021, 22:33
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Fairchild XC-120 was another four wheeler...
I think that's it! That or the 115 Boxcar which your link led me to.

Childhood memory playing tricks and remembering the full hull depth running further back (and so back wheels even further back), and seeing the pod on its wheels whilst ignoring the main gear.

I think my quest is over - nobody made a non-canard with the main gear split substantially fore and aft - except the B-52, which needs the high angle of incidence to get off the ground (and nose-down in flight attitude).

Thanks all.

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CH47 is basically a box with wheels at each corner
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One of these ?



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Old 5th Feb 2021, 00:53
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I dimly recall there being an aircraft that more-or-less had a wheel at each corner of it's boxy fuselage.
O'Neil Model J Magnum.

Magnum Pickup





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I think the Magnum Pickup may be the aircraft I'm thinking of in Post 4 though that's not the pic I recall, the gear config looks right! Probably a photo from Oshkosh in one of the mags.
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Of course there was the rather hideous East German airliner, the Baade 152:



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Old 5th Feb 2021, 09:17
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Dornier had something special for the Do 27 on mud and soft grounds:
https://images.app.goo.gl/VqzjhtnCTuhnt4v7A
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Of course there was the rather hideous East German airliner, the Baade 152:
If I have nightmares tonight, you know who I'm going to blame...
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