Landing gear and its importance
Photo: Retractable Landing Gear
Thus, there are many varieties of these gears depending upon the aircraft (space craft, airplane, helicopter, jet plane, etc) and each having its own unique design and function. For launch vehicles and space craft lander, the landing gear is typically designed to support the vehicle only post flight and are not used for take-off or surface movement.Just as the cerebro-spinal fluid in the spinal cord acts as a shock absorber and provides support to the body, these gears also perform the same function which in this case works on the artificial body i.e. the aircraft. Some aircraft travel greater miles and are comparatively faster. Such aircraft have retractable under carriages which fold away during flight which adds a supplement to its comforting features by eventually reducing the resistance or drag. With the glorious multiplication in advancement, these landing gears have also advanced to much extent with time. Therefore once when their function was limited to support and aid the aircraft during landings and take-off, where now the aircraft are much equipped with skis for snows, floats for water etc.
Photo: Antonov 225 Nose Landing Gear
So, if you are misinterpreting the nose landing gear to be some sort of miniature wheel attached to the aircraft with not-so-important function then let me remind you, it is that wheel which connects you from the air to the land and vice versa and makes every flight a successful one.
Photo: Nose Landing Gear MA60
Thus without these gears, one can hardly dream of flying. And yes, the inventions don’t end here, with advancement, these gears have actually enabled us to float or ski as well which again adds to the success of technology resulting in man’s ease and comfort.