brake parachutes

brake parachutes

brake parachutes
Parachutes fitted on combat or experimental aircraft to reduce the landing run and/or the float after rounding off. They are located in the rear portion of the aircraft and provide a steady deceleration of 0.25 to 0.35 g. They, however, become relatively inefficient at slower forward speeds and are jettisoned either at the end of a landing run or when aircraft has slowed down sufficiently. In some installations, they are automatically retracted at low speeds. Predominantly known as drag chute and tail chute.
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In addition to a very low chassis, these include special salt flats wheels and tyres, a limited slip differential for optimum grip and two brake parachutes in the rear end.
There were also special wheels and tyres for driving on salt, the body was significantly lowered, a limited-slip differential was used to improve traction - and two brake parachutes for slowing the Beetle down.