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MS-152: Dayton-Wright Airplane Company Photographs


The photograph shows the tail skid of the De Havilland DH-4 at the Dayton-Wright Airplane Company, circa 1918. The tail skid was a steerable unit that attached to the bottom of the fuselage near the tail. The skid was usually made of a single piece of ash or oak and encased in steel that had lightening holes cut into it. The unit would be mounted on a shaft that entered the fuselage and attached to a socket. The socket had two heavy duty springs on a bell crank arm that hooked onto the rudder post. The springs helped absorb the shock of landing and protect the rudder. A large bungee would also be attached to help soften the landings. The negative is labeled as D52.

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Special Collections and Archives; Wright State University Libraries

Digital Publisher

Digital Services Department; Wright State University Libraries

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8x10 Glass plate negative


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Date Digital


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Epson Expression 10000 XL


ms152_089; Tail skid; Airplane factories; Tail section; Aircraft industry; Airplanes--Parts; World War, 1914-1918