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Video: Why the 737 doesn’t have landing-gear doors

This week’s video describes why the 737 doesn’t have landing-gear doors and why that works.

Try to answer the following questions about the video and come back on Monday for the answers.

Suggested ICAO level for video: 5+

  1. What made Boeing decide not to use landing-gear doors?
  2. What are some of disadvantages of landing-gear doors?
  3. Is the 737 landing gear completely uncovered?
  4. What did Boeing do to reduce the drag created by the exposed tyres.
  5. What happens if this solution is lost?
  6. What solution did Boeing create to prevent objects being thrown into the wheel-well bay?
  7. What happens to the main landing gear wheels as they’re retracted?
  8. Why doesn’t icing affect the tyres as the aircraft is in flight?

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