A U.S. Navy A-6E Intruder approaches for a landing on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in 1980, with its decelerons and tail hook deployed.
A deceleron, or split aileron, was developed in the late 1940s by Northrop originally for use on the F-89 Scorpion fighter aircraft. It is a two-part aileron that can be deflected as a unit to provide roll control, or split open to act as an air brake. Decelerons are also used on the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, the A-6 Intruder and the Northrop B-2 Spirit flying wing. In differential use they impart yaw moment, potentially obviating the rudder and vertical stabilizer control surface, although requiring active flight control.
XF-89 Research Report
A-10 split aileron