An improvement to an aircraft is provided in the form of an aircraft auxiliary power and thrust unit located in the tail cone of the aircraft. The unit includes a turbofan engine, an air intake opening, an inlet duct extending between the air intake opening and the turbofan engine, a transmission assembly, and various auxiliary equipment. The engine includes a forward-facing main turbine shaft. The air intake opening is located in the tail cone at a body station location forward of the engine. The transmission assembly includes a drive shaft mounted axially to the main turbine shaft and extends forward through the inlet duct through a sealed opening in the inlet duct. The auxiliary equipment is also located in the tail cone, forward of the turbofan engine. The transmission assembly is releasably connected to the auxiliary equipment. In a first operating mode, the engine is operated at a low setting to power the auxiliary equipment.