posted on May, 20 2016 @ 08:28 PM
a reply to: anonentity
A Cessna 182 weighs 1,970 pounds empty. A Cessna Turbo 210, six seat aircraft weighs 2,300 pounds empty. An Embraer 170, one of the smaller
commercial aircraft, used for regional flights, weighs 46,610 pounds. An A320, which is what we're talking about here, has an Operating Empty Weight
of 93,900 pounds.
Start to see the problem?
As for military jets, the only ones that use a drag chute are some small fighters, and the B-52. And the one used on the B-52 is huge. I've
recovered enough of them to know. It's big, and the latch that connects to the aircraft is heavy as hell. It's a lot easier to use one to slow a
plane down on landing, when it's already slowing, than it is to bring one down gently. Most crashes occur during takeoff and landing. A chute
wouldn't do much to bring you down, because you're going to be at such low altitude, the chances of it deploying in time, stopping your forward
motion, and gently lowering you to the ground, from low altitude, at the speed a commercial aircraft is flying are so low it's not funny.
on 5/20/2016 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)