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Low Pressure Type Expandable Aircraft Tire Characteristics

Report Number: AFFDL TR 66-170
Author: Wagner, Paul M.
Corporate Author: Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory
Laboratory: Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory
Date of Publication: 1967-03
Pages: 94
Contract: Laboratory Research - No Contract
Project: 1369
Task: 136903
AD Number: AD0815460

Type 3 (low pressure) expandable aircraft tires of the 9.50-16 and 23.00-20 sizes were investigated. These tires with their 30 to 50 percent outside diameter expansion capabilities were subjected to simulated landing taxi and taxi takeoff conditions. Results indicate that the load capacity and life of the expandable tires are equivalent to standard tires of the same size. Takeoff speeds on the order of 200 MPH were obtained on tires of both sizes.

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