Boy, did you see it? I was sure it would just snap.
I guess the trick is to push it at 100 knots.Moonbear said:I can't even get a shopping cart to go the right way when it has a wheel like that!
I thought it was the back tire burning up. The commentator was saying just a moment before it started to spark that some flames would be "normal" as the tires burst.zoobyshoe said:It was going fast enough to just gently grind the front wheel down, I think. The apparent flame was probably just grinding sparks, which happen when freshly exposed metal surfaces hit the oxygen in the air. There was no burning I could see when it finally stopped
:rofl: Okay, I'll need that turbocharged shopping cart then. I suppose that would get the grocery shopping done faster. :rofl:I guess the trick is to push it at 100 knots.
Having done some tool grinding in the machine shop, I would say that everything went OK because they let the front end down very easily and gradually. This is the way to apply a tool to a grinding wheel. If you ram it suddenly against the wheel it will be pulled right out of your hands. Had they dropped the front end of the jet onto the runway more quickly the whole strut would have snapped off.cronxeh said:Obviously there is an optimal point if you want to calculate it where by pilots would have to fly in at a certain angle with a certain minimum speed so end result woulda been maximum allowable amount of force on that axle before it buckled and cracked.
Ivan Seeking said:According to one of the TV talking heads, this type of failure is considered a manageable emergency. In fact, the comment was made that the chance of injury due to use of the escape chutes is greater than one caused by a failure in the front landing gear.
cronxeh said:At first when it finally landed I was watching a cop get outa the car and go underneath the airplane to take some pictures of the front axle.. I thought gee the front axle may crack and the fuselage woulda collapsed into 2 pieces, possibly severing some passengers into small pieces by sheer forces. But then they showed the video from another angle as plane approached and it became clear that the axle wasnt damaged and basically it was a safe landing - primarily thanks to the long stretch of the landing zone