Watch: B-52 Bᴏᴍʙᴇʀ Drag Parachute

Normally, ᴍɪʟɪᴛᴀʀʏ planes utilize the brake to come to a stop after landing. When it comes to a halt, though, big planes like the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress have a little advantage. Something that not everyone understands about the B-52 is that it takes more than just brakes to come to a halt after landing.

The stopping needs the use of a parachute known as a drag chute. However, this parachute does not magically pack itself. So, while the pilot, co-pilot, and navigator are only the beginning of what it takes to fly the B-52, here is when other aircrews play an important role in bringing the huge B-52 to a halt using the drag parachute.

The drag parachute was initially designed by the Russian professor and parachute specialist, Gleb Kotelnikov, in 1912, who also invented the backpack parachute. During the mid-1930s, the Soviet Union launched its first aircraft equipped with drag parachutes. Currently, the drag parachutes have been installed on a variety of jet-powered aircraft, notably the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress.
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