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Old 11-08-2007, 01:07 AM
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how do airplanes steer on the ground?

When I see airplanes taxiing, the rudder follows the nose gear. When I see airplanes landing, the rudder seems to move independently of the nose gear. Is there a mechanism that keeps the nose gear straight ahead until the plane is on the ground?

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Old 11-08-2007, 01:49 AM
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Planes have a little steering wheel located to the left of the Captain's left leg to steer the nose wheel while on the ground, I think it can be set to a "locked" position. I'll see if I can find a picture for you.
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Old 11-08-2007, 02:09 AM
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Here's a photo from a Boeing 727. The nose wheel steering wheel is right there on the lower left side.
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Old 11-08-2007, 02:22 AM
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The seat-covers are in better condition than my E300's.......:B I'm not...............too crazy about the blue, however.....................:B
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Old 11-08-2007, 06:23 AM
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Oh, you're talking about BIG planes... On the small ones, the nose (or tail) wheel is connected to the pedals either directly with rods or cables or by a combination of rods and springs. Some aircraft also have a swiveling steerable wheel and steering is accomplished by applying the brakes to one side or another similar to a cutting brake on a tractor...
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Old 11-08-2007, 06:32 AM
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Where are the cupholders?
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:01 AM
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Where are the cupholders?
In the rear, serving the passengers!
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:28 AM
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Didn't you know mercedes is now making planes?
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Old 11-08-2007, 01:10 PM
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Didn't you know mercedes is now making planes?
They havn't in awhile.
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Old 11-08-2007, 01:39 PM
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Must be an old picture. Still has the trap oxidizer.

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Old 11-08-2007, 01:43 PM
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Here's a photo from a Boeing 727.[/img]
Is the dial at the bottom of the picture for iDrive?

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Old 11-08-2007, 01:45 PM
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Is the dial at the bottom of the picture for iDrive?

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lol, nope. I think that's to control the rudder trim.
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Old 11-08-2007, 02:13 PM
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On many planes the nose gear centers itself when weight is off the wheels... it's a simple mechanical setup on out KC-135's, anyway -- a "V" cut in the strut that centers the nose gear when it extends upon leaving the ground. Then, when the gear retracts for flight, there is a braking pad that the tires eventually hit to stop them from rotating (to stop any gyroscopic effect that the rotating wheels have).

For steering, you can have a tiller wheel (as in the pic above) or rudder pedal steering.
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Old 11-08-2007, 02:31 PM
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Can't tell, but I would swear the three items on the top center of the dash in the pic are iPods...
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Old 11-08-2007, 02:37 PM
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Can't tell, but I would swear the three items on the top center of the dash in the pic are iPods...
In-flight entertainment!

They probably activate the fire bottles (one for each engine). Ours are located in the same spot.

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