I was reading this question and trying to think of ways to park an aircraft tail-to-terminal without using reverse thrust, and this question popped into my head:
Are there any aircraft that could, under their own power, do donuts on the ground without risking significant damage to the aircraft?
Intuitively, it seems like there'd be two main problems:
- Donuts are hard on the tyres even for automobiles, and for aircraft, which usually use much-higher-pressure tyres carrying much-higher loads than automobiles, dragging the tyres sideways across the tarmac could be expected to produce a much-higher risk of serious tyre damage than with an automobile.
- Keeping the aircraft from accelerating forwards during the maneuver would probably be difficult.