A bit about taildraggers

steerwithmyrear – v. to control an aircraft on the ground through steering, by use of it’s rear wheel.

Conventional landing gear consists of two main wheels at the front, and a single rear wheel utilised usually as the steering mechanism.

Cessna taildragger

Many consider taildraggers to be the more natural configuration for an aircraft, most aircraft were taildraggers until the 1950s.

They require more ‘flying’ than their modern tricycle counterparts and, as such, can offer a greater challenge and more enjoyment.

Personally, starting taildragger flying felt like opening a whole new world of enjoyment and satisfaction. However as with all things in life, there is often a vast difference in opinion between taildragger and non-taildragger pilots!

Above: the other method, nose wheel.


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