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Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350-900 (ET-AWP) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a warm Sunday morning 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350-900 (ET-AWP) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) on a warm Sunday morning 2019. This is a continuation of our ET-AWP study, which includes an additional image in our Soaring Blog. This time, given the rear-facing angle, we feel the need to examine the wheels. The Airbus A350-900 uses two four wheel "trucks" situated beneath the centre fuselage and one two wheel truck towards the nose, totaling ten tires. The A350-1000 differs in that it uses two six wheel trucks beneath the centre fuselage (in both cases, these are referred to as the main landing gear. During touch down, these take the full force of the aircraft). Furthermore, the six wheel main landing gear "bogies" of the -1000 folds into a 4.7 metre (15 foot) undercarriage bay, whereas the A350-900s uses a 4.1 metre (13 ft.) bay. Altogether, the main landing gear of the A350-1000 must support a monsterous 319 t (703,000 lb) maximum take off weight (MTOW). It is truly incredible to recognize that this is accomplished through just tweleve tires with 22 inch diameters. The smaller A350-900 (pictured) must have a main landing array capable of supporting some 280 t (620,000 lb). (But intriguingly, these have a larger 23 inch diameter...) With one of the most overlooked aspects of flight, enjoy the image!
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