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Is it possible to increase the drag on a tailskid to obtain more realistic stopping distances? I'm assuming that FS thinks it's a tailWHEEL aircraft as there is very little deceleration.

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In the (contact_points) section of the AC cfg, wheels are type "1".The SDK from MS says skids should be type "3", maybe this change woulddo it?JR

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Thanks JR,Yes, I did change the value to 3 but it still does not add enough drag. I'm sure you could set the drag co-efficient in FS98 but I can't find it in Fs2002.

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If you are talking about aerodynamic drag due to Landing gear, pre fs2002 *.air file entries were in section 1101. Fs2002 has added a new section 1540, which Ron Freimuth indicates may be Drag. However, this is aerodynamic drag, not braking strength, i.e., drag of a tailskid on a surface.It is interesting to note that the default aircraft do not have the new sections in their *.air files. The new sections only appear if you use FS2002Pro Aircraft Editor.

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Yes, I'd noticed that too.Thanks for the thought on the tailskid. I've got plenty of aerodynamic drag already (although I might add a touch more because the Terminal Velocity Dive Speed is about 10% too much). On this aircraft the skid was nothing more than a 1 inch wide metal plate which used to really dig into the surface and slow it down. I didn't do much for the landscape either!

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