dive brakes

dive brakes

Control surfaces that extend from the aircraft surface and significantly increase drag, thus permitting aircraft to dive steeply at moderate air speeds. Dive brakes also are used to decelerate aircraft in flight. Spoilers may also function as dive brakes. Also called airbrakes
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This technology, in development since 2002, uses dive brakes with variable feathering to greatly reduce deceleration forces during descent and reentry, it was announced today by BSC Chairman and President Jim Benson.
Both damaged wings also had to be restored, but one of the biggest challenges was rebuilding the flaps and dive brakes.
Then I had to throttle back a little farther and open up the dive brakes to bring her down to about 500 feet,'' he recalled.