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What Is That Thing Hanging Down From The Tail

Wed Oct 18, 2006 1:35 pm

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...p/2ec62919d80c66ce3f21fcabb8d9861a

if u look at the rudder there is a line hanging down. is that a radar or something?


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RE: What Is That Thing Hanging Down From The Tail

Wed Oct 18, 2006 1:39 pm

Quoting FL370 (Thread starter):
if u look at the rudder there is a line hanging down. is that a radar or something?

It's something that tests the performance of new aircraft. I'm sure someone on here can explain it a lot better, though.... once it enters commercial service, it will be removed.
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RE: What Is That Thing Hanging Down From The Tail

Wed Oct 18, 2006 1:39 pm

That's a cone housing a remote pressure measurement instrument for test flights.



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RE: What Is That Thing Hanging Down From The Tail

Wed Oct 18, 2006 1:46 pm

1) Besides being an Airline manufacturuer, Airbus is also testing new fishing lures. These new lures are designed to take on the biggest and toughest fish out there.

2) Some people put fuzzy dice on the dashboard, Airbus hangs bells.
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RE: What Is That Thing Hanging Down From The Tail

Wed Oct 18, 2006 1:49 pm

Quoting Centrair (Reply 3):
1) Besides being an Airline manufacturuer, Airbus is also testing new fishing lures. These new lures are designed to take on the biggest and toughest fish out there.

2) Some people put fuzzy dice on the dashboard, Airbus hangs bells.

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RE: What Is That Thing Hanging Down From The Tail

Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:00 pm

no, no you are all wrong...

It is part of Airbus' new braking system...that is the mini chute that failed to deploy the main "arresting chute" housed in the tail fin.
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RE: What Is That Thing Hanging Down From The Tail

Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:02 pm

hence the further delay on the A380 program...
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RE: What Is That Thing Hanging Down From The Tail

Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:04 pm

Quoting FL370 (Thread starter):
if u look at the rudder there is a line hanging down. is that a radar or something?

Looks like a mini parachute for braking Big grin
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RE: What Is That Thing Hanging Down From The Tail

Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:08 pm

Quoting FL370 (Thread starter):
if u look at the rudder there is a line hanging down. is that a radar or something?

Skydrol nailed it. Here's a shot of one in use behind a 737-600 in-flight:

http://www.boeing.com/commercial/gallery/737600-06.html
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