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M2morris
11-15-2006, 05:12 PM
After a dog fight I tried to land but I only had one gear down. That's a first. Now I wish there was some kind of gear-locked indicator I could check.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b206/planegeek/grab0000-3.jpg

M2morris
11-15-2006, 05:15 PM
But now that I look at that screen shot again here I see that it might have been partially down. Wow.

leitmotiv
11-15-2006, 05:21 PM
Sure a hard landing didn't damage the right gear?

M2morris
11-15-2006, 05:27 PM
Originally posted by leitmotiv:
Sure a hard landing didn't damage the right gear?
I was pretty shot up and had to adjust for aerodynamic upfuktedness, but the landing was smooth enough until I started to notice a dip to the right, and then wam, screech. However I did have to manually lower the gear, so that might explain something there.

leitmotiv
11-15-2006, 05:34 PM
Fascinating! Always a first in this design. I've never used the manual l.g. lowering---nice work! You lived and you didn't wreck the F4U---maximum honors!

M2morris
11-15-2006, 05:41 PM
Originally posted by leitmotiv:
Fascinating! Always a first in this design. I've never used the manual l.g. lowering---nice work! You lived and you didn't wreck the F4U---maximum honors!
Ya I had external views on, and I saw my gear didnt go down, so I did manual, and it looks like my right gear collapsed or was never down, not sure, but Thats cool. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gifbut I do wish I had a gear-down indicator tho so when I can't do a walk-around when I am flying.

leitmotiv
11-15-2006, 06:00 PM
Doesn't the F4U have "dashboard lights" for gear down/up? If not, what a low-rent plane!

M2morris
11-15-2006, 07:02 PM
Originally posted by leitmotiv:
Doesn't the F4U have "dashboard lights" for gear down/up? If not, what a low-rent plane!
No, but as far as I can see after searching the inter-net I never found a gear down indicator for a corsair, but there HAS to be. Personally; I wouldnt fly if there wasn't a gear-down indicator. (this illustration does not show mechanical indicators.}
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b206/planegeek/F4UInst.jpg

leitmotiv
11-15-2006, 07:40 PM
I have a CD of the Corsair F4U-1D manual---will get the info after I run some errands!

berg417448
11-15-2006, 07:53 PM
Look just to the left of your left rudder pedal. The gear indicators are there..very small!

Zeus-cat
11-15-2006, 08:08 PM
This has happened to me twice. Come in for a normal landing and once you touch down use your ailerons to keep the aircraft level as you slow down. You may need to use rudder to counterattack the aileron effect. You can get the speed to about 50 or 60 mph before your wing loses lift and drops to the ground. At that speed your aircraft should spin out safely.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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M2morris
11-15-2006, 09:38 PM
Originally posted by berg417448:
Look just to the left of your left rudder pedal. The gear indicators are there..very small!
Thanks, I found it. It is off-line as it moves to indicate, but this is a sim so I can understand, but I will use that from now on. Thnx
Gear down:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b206/planegeek/f4ugeardwn.jpg
Gear up:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b206/planegeek/f4ugearup.jpg

leitmotiv
11-15-2006, 11:20 PM
Thanks to all for the information. I like the Spitfire's huge "idiot lights" for gear up/gear down. Hard to miss or forget, but they were designed for fliers used to fixed gear biplanes---the Spit and Hurricane were the RAF's first fighter monoplanes with retractable l.g.

WTE_Galway
11-15-2006, 11:31 PM
am i imaging things or have all 3 indicators jumped one slot to the to the right in the up position ?

leitmotiv
11-15-2006, 11:37 PM
Yes. I was trying to figure out what the blazes happened to the indicators until I put that together!

zbw_109
11-16-2006, 01:33 AM
but they were designed for fliers used to fixed gear biplanes---the Spit and Hurricane were the RAF's first fighter monoplanes with retractable l.g.
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M2morris
11-16-2006, 11:33 AM
Originally posted by WTE_Galway:
am i imaging things or have all 3 indicators jumped one slot to the to the right in the up position ?
Ya they moved off to the side instead of down in their slots, weird.

Hanglands
11-17-2006, 09:41 AM
I know this is the PTO side of the fence, but this is sorta relevent.

Undercarriage shot off in my Stuka, just about manage the landing, but as the port wing drops and the plane goes into a left hand turn extra force is put on the remaining gear and that gives way http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif Otherwise its a perfect one-wheel-landing http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

And there are no undercarriage up/down/shot off indicators in a Stuka! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/th_onewheellanding.jpg (http://s105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/?action=view&current=onewheellanding.flv)<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Giantiguana20
11-17-2006, 10:54 AM
The gear won't support weight unless its completely down and locked, so you won't have one wheel collapse becauseyour gear wasn't all the way down. In situations like that it's both or none. I have had plenty of incidents where damage caused only one gear to actually come down. No way to avoid fouling the prop so a no gear belly landing is the safestway to go there.

M2morris
11-17-2006, 04:10 PM
Thanks all, preciate it, Good stuff. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif