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On multi-engined aircraft, are the engines counter-rotational?
– Daju, Ohio
On jets they are not, but the shafts within the engine (low pressure and high pressure) usually do rotate in a opposite directions.
Most turboprops are not counter-rotating. However, some reciprocating engines on twins are counter-rotating.
John Cox is a retired airline captain with US Airways and runs his own aviation safety consulting company, Safety Operating Systems. The views and opinions expressed in this column are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of USA TODAY.