Tail-wheel locking during landing

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  1. greybeard

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    The only WWII pilot manual I have of a non-tricycle undercarriage mentions mandatory to lock tail wheel before take-off but says nothing about landing.

    I wonder if it was customary or not and why, to lock tail-wheel for landing.

    Thanks for any help,
    GB
     
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    #2 FLYBOYJ, Mar 8, 2012
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    ASAIK it would depend on the aircraft. Some tail wheel aircraft had configurations where the tail wheel and rudder moved simultaneously. Some aircraft had a locking cam where if the tail was "swung" with differential breaking, the tail wheel would "break loose" off a centering cam and enable to swing the aircraft around in a tight turn on the ground. Others would have a lock to be used during take off and landing so the tail doesn't "weathervane" in a crosswind.
     
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    Have a friend in California with a Christen Eagle, taught me some aerobatics. He had a hangar partner with one as well. He removed the tailwheel springs that kept the wheel centered as above. Promptly ground looped it landing!!!! He replaced the springs after the rebuild.
     
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    on several american types the tail wheel was locked or steerable when the control stick is in neutral or pulled back . the tail wheel is unlocked by moving the stick full forward.....................probabley not a good idea on final aproach.
     
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    Thanks to all for prompt answers.

    Very clear!

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    I believe it only worked with weight on the tailwheel so it did not make a difference in flight.
     
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