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Name: Jon
Status: Student
Grade: Other
Location: Outside U.S.
Country: Great Britain
Date: August 2007

Do the wheels continue spinning at a tangential velocity of 200 mile per hour after take off have any effect on an airplane? Are the brakes applied just before they are retracted?

It varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some are allowed to spin down naturally, some are braked when retracted. A tire burst inside the wheel well is one of the failure modes that must be dealt with in the certification process.

David Brandt

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