Following the taxi test of the MiG-23 at the Cold War Air Museum during Soviet Big-Iron Saturday, we began noticing that the port tire was losing pressure. We had anticipated replacing the tires that came with Bord 022 and fortunately, our replacement set was already on hand.
A particularly handy thing is to keep a spare tire already mounted on a spare rim to minimize the time needed to "rescue" an aircraft in case a tire should "blow", or go flat during operations. One of our "spares" was already mounted on a rim, simplifying this replacement process.
However, this did not eliminate the need to read the instructions. The MiG-23 wheel assembly consists of approximately 60 individual components, not including nuts and washers (so much for Soviet Simplicity, this time anyway). Here Jon is seen trying to figure out what does and, more importantly, does not need to be taken apart in order to replace the wheel.
Sliding the tire on over the six rows of rotors is a little like working a combination lock, but with a little light on the subject and some patience, Jon and Sean were able to get the tire on fairly easily.