Three point turn by reverse thrust.

“Use all the runway available” applies horizontally as well as lengthways!

The 737 comes out like “I got you, big brother. Hey, everyone!! Look at me!!”


  1. Used a reverse gear, really. No such device on a jet. Reverse Thrusters? An entirely different story. Using the reverse thrusters is a relatively common practice on smaller jets such as the 757. It was also used on the DC-9 when I was in the Air Force to back out of a parking spot at a terminal, when no tow vehicles were available. It all deals with the engines and nothing to do with gears. It also requires some skills and experience. And most importantly, no use of the aircrafts braking system. To back out of a spot, release the brakes, insure the area in front of the jet is clear of equipment and people and have wing walkers to help guide the people in the cockpit. Engage the reverse thrusters to a point where there is reverse movement of the jet, then ease the power as you move. Once you are in position to stop or move forward, disengage the reverse thrusters and add power to move forward. Using any braking system when backing up can and will cause the aircraft to sit on its tail and cause damage to the frame.


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