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Thrust Vectoring

 Thrust Vectoring

  • Thrust vectoring is the ability of an aircraft’s main engines to direct thrust other than parallel to the vehicle’s longitudinal
  • axis, allowing the exhaust nozzle to move or change position to direct the thrust in varied directions.
  • Vertical takeoff aircraft use thrust vectoring as takeoff thrust and then change direction to propel the aircraft in horizontal flight. 
  • Military aircraft use thrust vectoring for maneuvering in flight to change direction. Thrust vectoring is generally accomplished
  • by relocating the direction of the exhaust nozzle to direct the thrust to move the aircraft in the desired path. 
  • At the rear of a gas turbine engine, a nozzle directs the flow of hot exhaust gases out of the engine and afterburner. Usually, the nozzle
  • points straight out of the engine. 
  • The pilot can move, or vector, the vectoring nozzle up and down by 20°. This makes the aircraft much more maneuverable in flight.

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