On my trip to Whitehorse last year on Air North I flew behind the wing of one of their Boeing 737-200’s. During the flight I noticed that the engine exhaust had a pretty cool 1950’s futuristic tail fin look. What I didn’t realize until landing was that they looked like that because of the thrust reversers that flip down into the path of the jet engine exhaust to redirect the engine thrust. While these are typically used to aid in deceleration after landing, apparently a 727 could actually be backed-up on a nice smooth tarmac using these if required!
This is what the engine looked like in the air without the reversers engaged:
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Bonus shot of the plane at one of YVR’s older and more remote domestic gates: