Thrust reversers [Was: Peruvian 757 crash -- possible cause reported]

Date:         23 Nov 96 03:36:23 
From:         Adam Dobrzycki <>
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  or MIME structure (Brian Maddison) writes:

=> The Fall 1988 issue of Airliners magazine has a landing photo (p30) of
=> an Air Malta 737-2K2C with reversers deployed and the nosewheel still
=> about 3 to 4ft in the air. Unless the airplane is in the middle of a
=> real gnarly bounce, it looks like only the mains need to to be down.

I would like to followup on that particular issue. The question is: when did
the necessity of wheels being on the ground in order to allow activating the
reversers become a common thing? Did 707s/DC-8s etc. have that, too? I have a
picture, taken in mid-1970s, of a landing Iliushin 62, still in the air and
before the runway, but with the reversers clearly deployed. I wonder whether
it was also possible on Western planes built in the same era (late 1950s -
early-mid 1960s).

Adam Dobrzycki               AXAF Science Center    Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics