Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5067 posts, RR: 15 Posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1955 times:
Sorry i dont have a picture of it but looking at a DC-10 I saw a little white turbine fan looking thing sticking out of the fuselage near the front landing gear. It's like it had come out of the side and was facing forward. What is that for? I have not seen it on any other kinds of planes.
Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1957 times:
It's called a RAT, for ram air turbine, or alternatively, an ADG, for air-driven generator. Depending upon the aircraft, it provides another source of electrical power and/or hydraulic pressure. Not all aircraft have them, and there have been numerous threads on a.net about these, inclusing one just within the last couple of weeks. Lots of pictures too...