From: email@example.com (Tony D. Lowe) Organization: University of Louisville Date: 27 May 93 11:23:23 PDT Followups: 1 2 3
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Something I've always wondered. Are jet aircraft able to back up under their own power? I've often heard rumor that they can, but usually don't because of visibility problems, etc. I know at UPS, we always use tugs to back our aircraft. About a year and a half ago, my wife and I were flying on an MD-80, and as we were backing away from the terminal, there was a distinct revving to the engines as we began to move. Marshallers could be seen at the wing tips directing the aircraft back. But the biggest thing that gave me the impression that bird was backing under its own power was how quickly we began to move forward again -- 10 to 20 seconds at most; the tugs we use at UPS sometimes require several minutes to disconnect. There was no sign of a tug of any sort moving away afterward. So, did it back up by itself or not? -- Tony D. Lowe, The HapMaster BITNET: firstname.lastname@example.org University of Louisville INTERNET: email@example.com "People without a sense of humor don't have any sense at all."