Why Some Landing Gears are Tilted

Have you ever wondered why a lot of big jets have a landing gear that is tilted? Every aircraft landing gear that has a truck (or a bogie beam, as the Europeans call it) supporting two or more axles, right from the Boeing 707 of the 1960s which has a tilt mechanism on each main landing gear.


The purpose of the tilt mechanism is to allow proper truck alignment for retraction into the wheelwell. The wheelwell has limited space, so the truck is “tilted” in such a way that it can fit in smoothly. You will not see this on Infinite flight as they do not have this affect yet.
Here is an a photo of a real airplane with a tilted landing gear.


Tilting is achieved by a hydraulically-operated truck tilt actuator or cylinder. The mechanism is designed so the truck is allowed to become parallel to the fuselage upon landing;


In fact, proper tilting is so important that every aircraft equipped with such trucks has sensor systems and interlocks to prevent gear retraction if any of the trucks (the 747 has four of them) is not properly tilted. The interlock will simply prohibit the gear lever handle from being raised to UP. (There are overrides available in some aircraft to cater to some very abnormal situations.)

Hope this helped!


The trucks tilt on the 747 and A380, as well as other large aircraft because of the limited space due to the gears under the fuselage. The real reason most modern trucks are tilted is because there is a sensor on the trucks, that when tilted enough on landing, activated the speed brakes and spoilers.
Source: https://youtu.be/mqPMANOEG7Y

I also say you put this in #real-world-aviation


You have an amazing article, however this should be in #real-world-aviation because it has not much to do with infinite flight live. However, you cannot acces this category as you are a basic (TL1) user. Just keep reading, posting, and liking and you will be ther in no time. Thanks :)


I moved it to #real-world-aviation. @Captain_Seth I moved it to this category for the time being. Essentially I’m giving you this one token. But as Westjet mentioned you will need to wait until you have met the requirements.


Ok. Sorry. I have been trying to meet the reqs and have gotten a lot of badges but still no level up. 😐


No worries. It will come with time. Activity is key so if you’re active fairly often for say an hour per day or something then you’ll likely get to that next level.


Thanks for the education!


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