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Why Thrust reversers are efficient when used at relatively high speeds after touch down of aircraft?



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When going at the speeds planes have to go to maintain altitude, brakes on the wheels can't properly slow down the plane, and even when they can, they have to take quite a bit of physical abuse. Thrust reversers, on the other hand, don't harm much of the plane, and work even as the plane bounces slightly from touch-down.