tail skid

tail skid

i. A small skid mounted at the bottom of the aft end of the fuselage of an aircraft with a tricycle landing gear. The skid absorbs the shock and prevents damage to the aircraft structure if the tail touches either on takeoff when the nose is rotated too abruptly or on landing when the tail may touch because of a very high nose-up attitude. See skid (v).
ii. A skid that supports the tail of an aircraft on the ground. These were used in the aircraft during the early years of aviation in lieu of a tail-wheel. See skid (iv).
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