You May Be A Redneck
Pilot If... ... you typically answer female controllers with titles like "sugar" or
... she responds with the words "Honey" or "Big guy" then she may be a
... you have ever used a relief tube as a spitoon.
... you glance down at your belt buckle to help you remember your
... you have ever tried to impress your girlfriend by buzzing her
... the preprinted portion of your weight and balance sheet contains
"Case of Bud."
... your go/no-go checklist includes the words "Skoal" or "Redman."
Matco tail wheel assembly.
MATCO mfg produces an superior eight inch tail wheel for use with tail
dragger aircraft which require a heavier duty tail wheel--the T-8.
The T-8 tail wheel has a eight inch pneumatic tire and an overall length
of 12.51 inches. Maximum width of this tail wheel with fully splayed arms
is 9.29 inches and overall height is 15.7 inches. This cast aluminum tail
wheel weighs 7.0 pounds.
The T-8 tail wheel incorporates a geometric release mechanism that allows
the wheel to caster after reaching a steered angle of 40 degrees (earlier
with optional steering arms WHLT-03A). The WHLTW40EE wheel used on the
WHLT-8 has a
.625 precision sealed ball bearing which is rigorously tested and designed
to resist bearing fatigue providing a long bearing life. The arms and
wings of the tail wheel fork assembly are composed of 4130 which is heat
treated to a Rockwell 38-43 to ensure strength and are irridited to
prevent corrosion. The tail wheel base and forks are cast and then black
anodized to prevent corrosion as well. The wheel halves are die cast
aluminum for light weight and superior strength. The T-8 features split
rims for ease of mounting and dismounting its 2.80/2.50-4 tire and tube
The tail wheel assembly itself is full swiveling and provides easy
installation with variant spring tension. This wheel has been designed to
release with a very light spring tension and can accommodate either a 1.25
or 1.50 inch wide spring. When a 1.50 inch spring is used, a .25 inch
spacer should be used between the base and the spring. The assembly
should be mounted on the flat spring so that the pivoting axle is as close
to vertical as possible when the plane is loaded. All assembly bushings
are made of oil impregnated brass so no lubrication is needed during the
life of the tail wheel. In addition, the shaft has been redesigned to
.625 for added strength and durability.
MATCO TAIL WHEELS
8" OD pneumatic, 7 lbs
MATCOTW8, U.S. $219.95
Available in solid or pneumatic. 6" OD solid,
MATCOTW6, U.S. $159.95
TAIL WHEELS, 1/2"
ID bearing with grease fitting. Solid rubber.
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