One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A support for the tail of an aircraft when on the ground.
- ‘A small tail skid was attached directly under the fabric-covered rudder.’
- ‘Upon landing, the tail skid sparked on the runway thus setting off the trailing fuel.’
- ‘It had no brakes, only a tail skid which served as a brake on grass fields.’
- ‘Those watching kept waiting for the tail skid to touch down.’
tail skid/ˈtāl ˌskid/
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