737 Landing Gear Question
Why is it that on the Boeing 737 the main gear wheels and tires are left exposed on the wing underside when retracted with no landing gear doors to cover them? Doesn't this result in a lot of unnecessary extra drag and / or turbulence in this area? To me, this design seems kind of WWII-ish. You would think that in this day and age that the entire gear would be enclosed when retracted.
I can't remember, but did the Boeing 727 also have this style of main gear where the wheels and tires were left exposed like this?
Are there any other modern era jetliners out there that are flying around with any of their landing gear still exposed even when retracted?
Last edited by Rick G; 06-16-2012 at 10:01 AM.
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