I have seen video footage of B-52s which show that all four sets of
main wheels are steerable. I believe that this feature is intended to
enable a pilot to land or take off in a cross wind by setting the
wheels parallel to the runway while crabbing into the wind. I have
wondered if any of the other bicycle landing gear bombers--the Boeing
B-47, the Martin XB-48 and XB-51 and the Soviet Mya-4 Bison had this
ever seen the footage of the jumbo jet freighter hitting a crosswind at the
old hong kong airport? it came down on the port gear which was almost
sideways, bounced, recovered and landed safely. it is almost beyond belief.
i would like to see that as a video, the whole thing to the end where
passengers fall over in a dead faint when they hit the bottom of the ramp.
that's a dramatic pic, but the 747 makes me feel that strut compressing,
bending and shreiking with the full weight. maybe it was just a freighter,
but damn, that's a whompin!
there are some very dramatic b-52 landings and take-off's where they hit
crosswinds. of course i can't find them, but if anyone has them to share.
please do. i remember one take off of a grossly overloaded camoflaged one
taking off where the wheels look 90 degrees to the fuselage. plus the damn
thing had an external bombload that i would have thought impossible.
anyone else seen it and maybe could share a url?
tune in for diaster take off week on the rms channel!
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