We’ve seen people fitting massive and bloody cross-drilled brake discs and pads made from exotic carbon and steel compounds, and they’re very effective in stopping a supercar that’s speeding at a break-neck speed. But how about a jumbo jet that’s landing from a super high speed on a very-limited runway?
To demonstrate the effectiveness of the brakes of its massive aircraft, Boeing ground away every last bit of the carbon surfaces that normally handle braking duties. In other words, these brakes were ready for replacement and would never even have sniffed a runway in real life.
In order to pass the test, the 747-8 needs to stop from 200 miles per hour to simulate an aborted takeoff, and it must do so using only its brakes – no reverse thrusters allowed. But that’s not all; the plane is also full-loaded in at more than 975,000 pounds. That’s almost a million pound of weight dude!