Questions tagged [airbrakes]

Hinged panels that swing out to increase drag and slow down an aircraft.

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Why is the speed brake lever not a “spring” one that returns to the default position when released?

I was watching this video in which are described various systems on B737 but at around 6 minutes, it talks about speed brakes and necessity for pilots to maintain their hand on the lever to avoid ...
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Do airplanes need brakes in the air?

A few days ago I flew on a Boeing 737-900ER. Luckily I was sitting just beside the left wing, seat 26B. I observed that the spoilers were activated (opened) just after the pilot spoke on the Passenger ...
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Do the speed brakes on an F-16 change its pitch?

In level flight at 400 knots, what happens when the speed brakes are extended?
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What are the differences between top and bottom mounted airbrakes?

What are the differences between airbrakes on the top side of jet aircraft (like on the F-15) compared to those on the lower side (like on the A-7), in terms of effectiveness and pitching when they ...
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Why would a fighter use the afterburner and air brakes at the same time?

I was looking for air brake pictures on different fighters, and then I saw a Tornado using afterburner and air brake at the same time! Air brake duty is to reduce speed, isn't it? So why would a ...
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When, exactly, were the DC-8’s airbrakes removed?

The DC-8 was originally equipped with airbrakes on the lower rear fuselage, but these were quickly removed. Wikipedia says that they were removed before the DC-8 entered service: [...] Douglas ...
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What prevents aircraft with a tailcone APU from using tail-mounted airbrakes?

The BAe 146 and Fokker F-28, which are virtually alone among jetliners in lacking thrust reversers, compensate by using large, tail-mounted airbrakes to help slow the aircraft during descent and ...
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When were airbrakes used for the first time in aviation?

I would like to have some information about the history of airbrakes.
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Why do some aircraft (e.g. Avro RJ85) have rear-mounted air brakes?

I recently saw an Avro RJ100 on approach and I wondered why the Avro RJ100 and also the RJ85 have the air brakes at the rear of the aircraft, and not on top of the wings like most airliners? (...
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Why does this regional jet have its air brakes wide open before touchdown?

I was looking at a detailed picture of a plane while following its path on Flightradar24.com. Here is the Avro RJ45 I am talking about: I wonder why its aerobrakes at the empennage seems wide opened ...
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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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How does flying with flaps differ from flying with airbrakes?

I've got a private pilot license and learned on a Scheibe Falke SF25. For the last year however I've only been flying a C42 Ultralight. I find flying the UL way easier for one particular reason: it ...