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Discussion in 'General Discussion | Travel' started by uggboy, Apr 16, 2014.
Monarch Airlines investigates after pilot warns passengers of fault leading to 'watery grave'
I didn't even know they put reverse thrusters into aircraft anymore. Now the thrust reversers malfunctioning... that *is* a problem. I notice they use the right term and the wrong term in the same article, too.
Thanks, just to make sure, what's the right term then?
A thruster is a device used to generate propulsion, usually used in terms of spacecraft or watercraft, such as a bow thruster on a ship. A jet engine can only generate thrust in one direction, therefore the device used changes the direction of the existing thrust - a thrust reverser. The terms are similar enough and frequently misused, it just makes me chuckle.
When someone says "reverse thrusters" I imagine jets of flame coming out of the nose of a jet as it lands to slow it down. Very amusing.
That's great to know. Thanks a lot. Cheers.