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What’s between you and the ground when the plane lands?

May 4, 2017

Commercial flight takes powerful jet engines and wings. It also requires powerful lubes.

Every year more than 3.7 billion passengers take to the air – which is a miracle when you think about how we humans used to get around. Cutting-edge materials and ever more fuel-efficient engines have made air travel as ubiquitous as automobile or train travel. Largely unseen, but just as critical, are the complex mechanics – including wing flaps, landing gear and flight controls – that support the aircraft’s operation. Supporting these mechanics are dedicated lubes and oils designed to withstand incredible temperature extremes, from as low as -94 °F (-70°C), when a plane reaches cruising altitude, to 248 °F (120°C), when it lands and pilots activate the brakes.


 

Sources:

Aviation Pros, Landing Gear Maintenance ‘Best Practices,’ October 16, 2008

FAA manual, Chapter 6: Flight Controls

ExxonMobil.com: Nose to tail schematic, Mobil Jet Oil II, Mobil Aviation Grease SHC 100

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