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Do landing planes brake with wheel-brakes or air-brakes or both? [duplicate]

I suppose they do both, but what percentage of the kinetic energy is absorbed by the wheel brakes and what percentage by air-friction (in typical cases)?
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How does a typical passenger jet come to a stop when it lands [duplicate]

Do the pilots of the plane simply reverse thrust of the engines after touchdown or are there brakes on the landing wheels that slow the plane just like a car? Or a combination of both? What about ...
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What is the difference between a tire deflation and a tire explosion?

In this question, our intrepid former 747 pilot Terry mentioned, in the accepted answer, that: As I understand it, tires that dangerously overheat will explode before melting, and that's why ...
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How does a large cargo plane like the C-130 Hercules take off and land in such a short distance?

So I was at an air show and saw a C-130J Super Hercules showcasing its capabilities. The take-off distance it covered was amazingly short (I guess equal to fighter jets), even though it uses ...
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How does thrust reversal work on a jet engine, and when should it be used?

A two part question this time, though they are closely related enough that I figured I'd knock them out all at once. I figure the first question probably informs the second question anyway. Firstly, ...
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Does the avoidance of thrust reverser save fuel?

On 2017-06-17 I took an AirAsia Airbus A320-200neo from Hong Kong (VHHH) to Kuala Lumpur (WMKK). The flight crew did not use reverse thrust for slowing down the plane. Trying to find an explanation ...
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What is the preferred way to slow down an airliner on a long runway?

EDIT: Another way to phrase the question is, given an extra long runway, does it make sense to substitute mechanical braking (which is the primary way to slow down in a typical situation) partially or ...
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Can thrust reversers alone steer and stop an airliner?

Is it possible to use ONLY thrust reversers to steer and bring a smaller size commercial jet aircraft, with a minimum amount of fuel onboard, to a complete stop, after touching down on a longer than ...
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Do major passenger airline jets have airbrakes/speedbrakes?

Now I've heard that passenger airliners do not generally have airbrakes , and simply use their spoilers as airbrakes since they can perform the same function. Are there any major jets that use ...
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Why do commercial pilots always engage reverse thrust even if it is not necessary?

Most of the time the usage of reverse thrust is not needed. I wonder if it's an authority (e.g. FAA) requirement to land safely. Obviously, in bad weather conditions or when the runway is ...
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Is reverse thrust needed on a long runway [duplicate]

Every time I have landed on a airplane reverse thrust is needed, but what if the runway is 18,000ft long. Because if the runway is longer couldn't you save fuel by not using the reverse exhaust