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very neat

What about spinning up the tires prior to landing?  When a plane lands there's usually a spurt of smoke from the tires as they hit the tarmac.  That has to put a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on the tires (not to mention a lot of fine rubber particles in the air).  I've always wondered if one could spin the tires up to more or less match the ground speed, would that make any significant difference to the amount of wear on the tires.

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That has to put a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on the tires...

And the runways themselves.

Anyone else recall Robert White and The Duck Book?

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1986-01-14/lifestyle/0190170070_1_duck-book-publishing-a-magazine-socialist-welfare

He made his fortune dealing with the issue of cleaning runway skid marks.

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He eventually held onto several million dollars -- he declined to be more specific -- earned from his invention of a machine to clean tire skid marks off airport runways.

White was quite a character.
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That has to put a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on the tires...

And the runways themselves.

Anyone else recall Robert White and The Duck Book?

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1986-01-14/lifestyle/0190170070_1_duck-book-publishing-a-magazine-socialist-welfare

He made his fortune dealing with the issue of cleaning runway skid marks.

White was quite a character.

I'm sorry, but the juvenile in me can't help giggling about cleaning up "skid marks."


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