airbrake :

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  • n  a small parachute or articulated flap to reduce the speed of an aircraft
  • n  a vehicular brake that operates by compressed air; especially for heavy vehicles

  • When he was sure of the success of his airbrake, he told the idea to Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, who answered him by saying, "What! Stop a locomotive with wind?.
  • George Westinghouse (died 1914), inventor of the airbrake, electric switch and signal, transformer, etc.
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  • Emirates Team New Zealand Nearly Capsized
    While attempting to tack, the Kiwi's wing didn't "pop" to the other side like it should have. This turned the giant wing into a giant airbrake. They tipped to nearly 45 degrees before wing popped into place and they righted. While they were tilted, Oracle Team USA was forced into a tack. This was a foul against ETNZ, adding insult to injury. OTUSA went on to win, now the Americans trail 6-0 in ...
    Sept. 14, 2013 - Jalopnik

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