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

Date:         01 Dec 96 04:08:52 
From: (Rich Nute)
Organization: Hewlett-Packard, San Diego Division
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|> 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 recall a United DC-8 flight from Portland to Denver.  The pilot was
making tight turns around thunderheads during descent into Denver.  He
then announced that he would be using reverse thrust on the inboard
engines to lose altitude.  He didn't want us worried about the noise.
It did rumble a lot, but otherwise there wasn't any unusual movement
that I could feel.

Richard Nute
San Diego