Printed headline: Shifting Gears Commercial aircraft landing gear are designed to absorb energy from aircraft weighing up to 375 tons touching down at speeds of around 175 mph. Not surprisingly, they are among the most robust systems on an aircraft. Like many parts of modern jets, the outward appearance of landing gear has not changed significantly over the past 50 years. The basic tricycle layout of two main gear plus a nose system which retracts into the fuselage or wing root is favored by ...

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