Soft Landing Gear.
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC
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This report describes a bogie type landing gear especially suitable for providing soft landing capabilities for short take-off and landing STOL aircraft wherein fore and aft wheels are mounted on opposite ends of a vertical shock strut. In one embodiment, a torque link pivotally connects the aft end of the bogie to the shock strut such that, under normal landing conditions, the front wheel will touch down first thereby reducing and directing the landing forces to minimize shock to the aircraft. The aft mounted torque links also act as a tension member during the initial landing stroke. In another embodiment, a damper acts as a tension stop for a soft landing arrangement as well as to dampen bogie motion over bumps with the torque links being separate. Author