Essentials of Tire Wear and Care, Part 1

The condition of “lesser maintained” runways, taxiways and ramp surfaces can sometimes be marginal with hazards created by crumbling asphalt or FOD, all of which can cause significant damage to a tire. Photo Credit: Aircraft Tire Care & Maintenance. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Aircraft tires are sophisticated structures built to withstand enormous stress. For example, a Boeing 737 nose tire is nearly identical in size to a typical passenger car tire, but it is designed to operate under much heavier loads and stresses. During the high speeds of takeoff and landing, the...

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