Replacing a Tail Wheel Tube

When the time comes to change out the tire and/or tube in a stock tail wheel, the small diameter opening in the tire presents a real problem. First of all, in order to get the hub out of the tire, the valve stem on the tube, after it is deflated, [...]

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Tail Wheel Tensioning Spring Trap

In the November 1999 issue of the Flying Wire, there was an article concerning the possible cracking and breakage of the rudder/tail wheel idler arm. When this arm breaks, there is a loss of control of the tail wheel, while full rudder control is maintained. However, the tail wheel tries [...]

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Tail Leveling Stand

Getting the tail of the Stearman up in the air for the level position, so that it will be stable for the time it takes to do the rigging is a slam dunk. You just need to stack up a 55 gallon drum, a one gallon paint can, a Los [...]

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Measurement of Landing Gear Strut Extension

As a follow on to the article on landing gear struts in the February issue, we devised a method of determining with pretty good accuracy, how far the gear strut is extending after liftoff. As the article points out, if the strut is not extending all or most of the [...]

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The Stearman Landing Gear

General Functioning of the gear strut This Oleo-spring Aerol is designed to perform the following necessary functions during the landing of the airplane: Absorption of Impact Energy. The impact energy of the landing airplane is absorbed by the Aerol Fluid and by the compression of the spring during the compression [...]

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Changing the Seals in the Gear Legs

This weekend was spent in changing out the seals in the main gear legs of the Stearman. This is the third time that we have faced this task, and would like to pass on to you some of the things we’ve learned. The first question is, how high do you [...]

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