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Old 04-29-2008, 12:09 PM
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Could anyone tell me where i could pick up a pair of spats to use instead of wheel pants, thanks and hope i can find an answer, Rollie
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Old 04-29-2008, 04:10 PM
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I've always understood spats, wheel pants and wheel fairings to mean the same thing. If spats are different, please explain this difference.
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Spats must be designed to fit a specific model. They are not off-the-shelf items and either come with a kit or are built from scratch.
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Old 05-01-2008, 09:15 PM
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At the risk of sounding like an idiot, what are spats? Can you post a picture?
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Old 05-01-2008, 09:43 PM
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ORIGINAL: djr1007

At the risk of sounding like an idiot, what are spats? Can you post a picture?
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You're not an idiot. I don't know what they are either. Are they those wedge things that go behind the wheels like on some of those Sukhoi models? [sm=confused.gif]
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Before aircraft had retractable landing gear they sometimes had housings that covered the landing gear leg as well as the wheel for the purpose of streamlining. For some examples, do a search on Google Images for Boeing P-26, Northrop Gamma, Curtiss Shrike and Gee Bee Racer. Spats were common on some 1930s aircraft.
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Old 05-01-2008, 10:46 PM
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Textbook Spats.

This type was also alternately sometimes refered to as trousered landing gear.

Another possible text book difference between spats and wheel pants is spats were generally fixed their entire length and the wheel was articulated inside the spat. More often than not pants articulated with the wheel.
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At the risk of sounding like an idiot, what are spats? Can you post a picture?
(Sorry, I couldn't resist. It's been a long, cold, windy winter in WY.)
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Spats cover the top of shoes (wheels) pants cover legs (landing gear).

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ORIGINAL: Bob Yeager

At the risk of sounding like an idiot, what are spats? Can you post a picture?
(Sorry, I couldn't resist. It's been a long, cold, windy winter in WY.)

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Well, you learn something new everyday. I've seen those a lot, but have always just called them wheel pants!
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OK, yes I've seen them also, just didn't know they had a name.
And Bob, I knew as wrote it that someone would have to go there, but I decided to leave the door open for some levity. Thanks for bringing a smile.
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