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How thrust reversal works ?

Updated: Jan 24


Look at the picture above, looks something familiar. So, today we will figure out how thrust reversal works, we will cover only basics and as I have earlier told that it's completely upon your interest in the topic so, only basics for the day today.


So let me tell you how I noticed this thing, actually my story dates back to 2017 when I was on Air India Boeing 787 (Widebody Aircraft) window seat and during touch-off I noticed it and got wonders about it, and that specifically motivated me on this topic.


Before jumping upon this article, make sure you read my previous article on How do Jet Engines Work ? . So, I hope you have already read my previous article so let's start with it,


By the nature of the topic of this article you might be guessing that it has something to do with the change of direction of thrust and you are correct, this is basically what we do in thrust reversal. Now let's jump directly into its mechanics,


Thrust reversal is a method of providing braking to aircraft while touch down (landing) by driving the engine thrust forward (i.e. opposite to the direction of motion of aircraft).So, this is my definition in simplest term, and you should notice and experience these things as it is really exciting to watch these things.


There are different methods of thrust reversal depending on manufacturers and aircraft needs,


I have made a showcase of different popular civilian aircrafts models with Thrust Reversal in action !!!


  1. Airbus A380 (Ultra Widebody Aircraft)

Did you noticed something weird (Tip: Observe the engines in which thrust reversal is operating and the other engine which is excluded from it, try to answer it.)


2. Boeing 747 (Ultra Widebody Aircraft)


Did you noticed something weird here too (Tip: Here thrust reversal is deployed in all four engines, try to answer it.)


After watching these two videos I guess you might be thinking to watch more as these are addictive at least for me.


3. Airbus 380, Boeing 747, Boeing 777, Boeing 787, Airbus 330 (Combined)



I have excluded some most common carriers in domestic sector like Airbus A320 (narrow-body), Boeing 737, Airbus A321 etc.



Rest I leave it you guys based upon your interest, as I am having a tough time constraints these days. Anyways you can always leave your queries below (in the contact box) I will try to answer them as soon as I can and thank you guys for the immense support.




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