Planesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4143 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6280 times:
I love reverse thrust, wherever i am (inside or outside the aircraft), however i think the pilots will only use it on a short runway, if there is an aircraft landing right behind them or they wanna get off the runway quicker. Surely reverse thrust must wear out the engines quicker?
MD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6042 times:
MD80s, DC9s, 727s, 732s especially. I love the roar. High bypass engines sound great too but it's always better when its produced by a JT8D! Mix in any reversing aircraft with a wet runway.. now that's a show!
Caution wake turbulence, you are following a heavy jet.
Qqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2342 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5963 times:
Every time I sit in the tailcone of an MD-80, I wait excitedly to hear the clam shells come out and hear the engines roar to life again. Most flight attendants who sit back there put their fingers in their ears, but not me!
One of the more quiet reverse thrusts I've ever heard is on the MD-90. QQ had five equipped with IAE V2525 engines. Although quiet, one could not mistake the power they had by listening to the engines whine during takeoff. Truly the best!
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AvroArrow From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 1046 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5816 times:
A friend of mine one had a hotel room in the Radisson across the street from SNA and every time a B 757 landed and kicked in the thrust reversers it sounded like someone skidding a large steel plate across the concrete. Of course this was a weird byproduct of sound reflections, but it did take a couple of times to work out exactly what the godawful sound was. No other types of aircraft had the same grating sound. It is something I'll probably remember for the rest of my life.
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Lehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 20
Reply 20, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5749 times:
"Any sound from an aircraft is good sound!"
Except the kind where you are at the back seat of an MD-90 and you hear a loud SLPINCH and all you see are sparks and your blood everywhere and you turn your head and see the ground instead of a window and then you say, "Oh yeah, a turbine blew" -- that's not the sound I want to hear.
Back to the topic, reverse thrusters sound better because they are going against the flow of air. Like the older 731/732's landing in dirty runways and this cloud of dust/sand gets caught up around the wing tips and swirls to the back -- it's cool.
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GulfstreamGuy From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 647 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5710 times:
Just like N312RC said, DC-9 powerbacks were great! There was almost nothing like the feeling you get when you are standing at the nose of a DC-9 and the captain gives you a "thumbs up", you give him a "chalks removed" and "all clear" sign, you bring him forward about 4 feet and then the deafening.... ROOOOOAAAAAARRR!!!!!! The dust kicks up! The air fills with the aroma of burned Jet-A and this great metal bird is slowly moving backwards with a sharp turn out to the taxi position! You signal him to bring the aircraft to a fwd/stop position, all clear again and salute him off! You walk away looking back thinking... "My God! I love my job!!"
Now I say "ALMOST nothing like" a DC-9, but the only aircraft I enjoyed powering back more was the earth-shaking roar of our 727! Sometimes I thought those bird could have measured on the Richter Scale!
But all good things must come to an end and two years ago LIT received a
..."sigh" pushback. So our powerback days are long gone.
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VS340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5633 times:
First time i ever flew a 737-200 they turned on the thrust reversers just after touchdown and when i saw them open up i almost shit myself because i thought the engine was falling off. my buddy had a good laugh at my expense because of that one.
Iberia340600 From Spain, joined Oct 2003, 804 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5612 times:
I experienced a powerback at DFW. I was onboard an AA MD-80 bound for New York(LGA) and we are ready for pushback. All of the sudden I hear the engines power up and we start moving back. I was like...WTF??? We are moving back on our own power?? Sure enough...we were!! I did not know this was a common practice....or is it??
Why wouldnt they use a HUF instead of wasting fuel like thaT?
: Iberia340600: The cost savings in equipment needed to push the -80s makes up for the minimal fuel spent while performing a powerback. The procedure is
: Qqflyboy: Thanks for the info. I didnt know it was a common practice at DFW...I figured maybe they were short on equipment and did the powerback for t
: I was on a couple CO 727s from the gold tail days when they did reverse thrust powerbacks from the gate and that was quite a lot of fun. On a recent t
: I used to work the ramp for NWA and there is nothing like a DC-9 or 727 during a powerback. The best part is when you are all sweaty from loading one
: A little O/T @AvroArrow: the 757 always seems to make strange sounds. When you stand just left or right from it's flight path, when it's on finals, yo
: Anyone likes the reversers on the B747 classic? When they go full is a deep constant roar... I sure do like it!
: You struck the point, Mr.BA, the only reverse thrust I recall and cherish is the one from the good ol' B747 Classic, but with the JT9D engines, The ma
: Concorde may win 1st place on reverse noise but a very close second goes to the Tridents. Wow!
: YES LAWD! Especially from the RB-11's and GE90's and almost as much as I like the sound of one or the other flying overhead on finals.
: Oh I just love the sound of thrust reversers. MEA makes it compulsory to use thrust reversers upon landing. I have never had a quiet, idle reverse lan