dive brake


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dive brake

[′dīv ‚brāk]
(aerospace engineering)
An air brake designed for operation in a dive; flaps at the following edge of one wing that can be extended into the airstream to increase drag and hold the aircraft to its “never exceed” dive speed in a vertical dive; used on dive bombers and sailplanes.

airbrake

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A plate, or a series of plates, which when extended, increases the aircraft drag rapidly, thus enabling rapid reduction in speed or regulation in the descent. Airbrakes form an integral part of the airframe and are more effective at high speeds. Airbrakes may be located on the top or the bottom of the wing, or on the side of the fuselage. Also called dive brake.