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MAY, Kate, British engineer. The inventor of rotating the wheels of aircraft at high speeds when landing, so that wheel speeds are equivalent to ground speed. This significantly improves tyre lifespan. The pilot manages the controls when the wheels are down, but the mechanism is inactivated when the engine is only idling. Current methods involved wheels not spinning on contact with ground or only
rotating very slowly. Kate’s system has been available from 1998
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