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Tail Skid (Series 400/800/900 only)

Always worth checking the tail skid, especially when accepting an aircraft if only to prove that it was not you that scraped it ! Check that the decal on the skirt is showing plenty of green and that the shoe is not worn to the dimples. In this example, the operator has painted the bottom of the shoe red to help detect evidence of a tail strike.

See this page for more information on tailstrikes and their avoidance.

A 737-900 tailstrike after a bounced landing. Notice the contact of the extended tailskid, a feature only installed on the -800SFP and -900ER

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Tail Skid

The yellow and red discs to the right of the picture are the APU fire bottle discharge indicators.


The new short field (SFP) -800s and -900ER's have a two position tailskid powered by hydraulic system A, that extends a further 5 inches for tailstrike protection during landing due to the lower landing speeds.

The FCOM has recently added the following warning:

"CAUTION: Cartridge assembly warning placard must be checked as soon as possible after the tailstrike. The tail skid skirt faring may re-extend due to gravity as time passes resulting in a reading error on the warning placard decal."

737-400 tailskid

737-800 tailskid

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