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After many years of mystery, I discovered that these Bendix 34 X 9 wheels are for a Brewster SB2A. The P-47 used the same size wheel but with a larger brake.IMG_4205.JPG.adef13c681ab0ffd62fbac2f61b4c9f2.JPG

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Interesting find.  Just wondering; what is the 34 dimension? The circumference?

 

Brewster had a notorious reputation during WWII and was ultimately shut down.

 

 

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7 hours ago, Swifter said:

Interesting find.  Just wondering; what is the 34 dimension? The circumference?

 

Brewster had a notorious reputation during WWII and was ultimately shut down.

 

 

34 is tire outer diameter, 9 is tire width and if there was a third dash number that would be rim diameter for tire. For example, 12.00 X 5-3 was a tailwheel on early Beech 18 that used a tire 12" OD X 5" wide with a 3" rim diameter. It is common for wheels to be designated by only two of the three available numbers even though it would obviously be a problem if somebody decided to make a tire that had a different third dimension.

To say that Brewster had a notorious reputation during WWII is something of an understatement. Their chief engineer, Dayton Brown, became a consultant and his company is still in business.

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