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Airliner tactical descent

Posted by bdk on Fri Mar 26, 2004 12:09:08 PM

In reply top Re: Herbert O. Fisher, test pilot for Curtiss Wright posted by Brad on Thu Mar 25, 2004 08:49:54 PM

From what I understand, the DC-8 was also designed and certified to allow thrust reverser deployment in flight.

: Today, all these years later, that very system is in use w
: ith the U.S. Military. The C-17 does what is called a "tac
: tical descent". You can put all four thrust reversers out
: , throw out the speed brakes and descend at
: 20,000 feet per minute at .80 mach. That big old girl wil
: l just scream towards the ground and as long as you rememb
: er to start your recovery at 2,000 ft above your desired a
: ltitude all will be well.

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