From The Archives: Landing Gear Design

This is a part focusing on landing gear design from the article Three Commercial Autogiros: The Pitcairn and Kellet machines, - a comparative study of their proportions and structure from the July 1931 issue of Aviation.

An autogiro landing gears' most characteristic features are an exceptionally large shock-absorber travel to take the impact of vertical landing and a very wide tread to guard against rolling over in landings made while drifting sideways, and with not enough forward speed to give control. 

If you're a subscriber, you can read the section about landing gear design on page 410 in the July 1931 issue of Aviation. The full article begins on page 408 where you can see images of autogiros.

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