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Split ailerons on the A-10

Last post 07-02-2007, 2:40 PM by run. 1 replies.
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  •  03-06-2007, 6:32 PM 4100

    Split ailerons on the A-10

    If they are used as speed brakes, why are they extended on base leg and final for landing? They use them here at DMAFB consistantly in the pattern.
  •  07-02-2007, 2:40 PM 4490 in reply to 4100

    Re: Split ailerons on the A-10

    It is common for a lot of fighters to have speed brakes deployed during landing. The reason is that engine spoolup time is somewhat slower than for a prop aircraft and if you have speed brakes deployed you can keep a higher powersetting during the landing. If you should have to go around you can quickly gain power by closing the speedbrake while you are spooling up the engines.

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