Canada's contribution to cheaper airports is an aerial control device that eliminates the need for long runways.
Canada's contribution to cheaper airports is an aerial control device that eliminates the need for long runways. A DeHavilland Otter, in experimental configurations, drops two thousand feet a minute and its landing approach looks like a diving attitude.
From touchdown to full stop takes just five seconds.
The secret is in the jet nozzles, protruding from the rear of the fuselage. Direction control of the jet stream gives either an accelerating or braking effect, and greater control during landing approaches.
The pure jet engine is mounted in the rear of the aircraft. It weighs only two hundred pounds and in return, gives almost three thousand pounds thrust. The air intake is through the roof and the exhaust through the controlled nozzles. While this aircraft will never be sold or see commercial service, it is an important link in jet age research.