Thursday, May 21, 2009

Reverse Gear...

A huge aircraft with a tiny jeep in front of it... Seems a familiar scene for some but a strange sight for others like me ... There is a chain that connects the aircraft’s nose with the bonnet of the jeep. What is a tiny jeep doing? Are the two vehicles playing tug-of-war! Of course not! :)

Though an aeroplane may be one of the largest vehicles, yet it lacks an important control. The reverse gear! I was extremely surprised when I found this out. Why should an aircraft not need a reverse gear? Or is it unnecessary for it to go in reverse direction in the air? I am not sure.

Can anyone help me understand this?