I told him that I wanted to touch down and look for nosewheel steering (NWS) to come alive in the HUD as I assessed braking action, my line speeds, and the deployment of my speed brake
It is used to protect the speed brake
from high temperatures during launch.
Speed mods, one-piece windshields, new wingtips, an alternator to replace the old generator on early models, fuel bladders, larger fuel tanks, speed brakes
, new panels to replace the awful old ones, soundproofing and new engines are just some of the improvements available.
Damage was classified as substantial category C, and consisted of dents in the bottom of the fuselage near the speed brake
, plus creases along the horizontal stabilizer.
He recognized that the runway was made and started to shorten up his aim point by deploying the spoilers and speed brake
During re-entry, the spaceship's twin booms pivot up to act as a speed brake
I extended the speed brake
right after touchdown and proceeded to coast down the 9,000-foot runway before getting on the binders.
I want the airplane to arrive at the key positions at the appropriate altitude and use S-turning, slipping or advancing the propeller control momentarily to serve as a speed brake
, if needed, to meet those goals.
During re-entry, the spaceship's twin booms will pivot up to act as a speed brake
He advanced the throttle and retracted the speed brake
(which was extended when executing the break turn).
I then performed a technique, often used by many Lemoore pilots, of touching down, testing the brakes and releasing them, extending the speed brake
, and, as you approach 100 knots, getting back on the brakes.
The gear has low operational speeds, however, so it can't serve as a speed brake
for en route descents.