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J Model with gear issue

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"A defective glad nut failed and was part of a refurbished strut assembly. Failure occured on takeoff from Red Devil Dirt LZ in CO. Crash Landed it at Colorado Springs in April 2011. Here is what she looked like after that takeoff from the LZ."

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The gland nut holds (keeps)the piston in a hyd. cylinder or in this case the lower part of the MLG strut which is the piston, in the cylinder which is the upper half of the strut. The gland nut is a threaded ring which screws into the bottom of the strut barrel (cylinder). If the nut comes unscrewed the lower half of the strut which has the axle and tire on it falls out. The gland nut has safety wire to keep it from unscrewing...which it did anyway for some reason. Bill - Note: After I enlarged the pic of the one posted here, it is clear the gland nut and all the packing is still on the piston part of the strut. It should be fairly easy to determine what went wrong as all the pieces are there.

Edited by Spectre623
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"Hey eng, go back and check the gear. What, wait, f**k."

"Hey nav go back and help the LM with tying down the gear. What, wait, f**k."

:D:rolleyes: :cool:

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The Gland nut was there, the Locking Bolt was still installed, Sheared off upon being jettisoned from strut casting. Overhaul at Depot was the end issue. Air Force and Maintainers were found clear of any issues. Everyone safe and sound. Took 30 days to return to full service. Thanks again to my Colorado Maintainers to helped us out of this jam!

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