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"You Can't Make A Bad Landing In A 747"?  
User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8656 posts, RR: 53
Posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4662 times:

Or so pilots, instructors et al say. But I've always found landings in 747s the same as any other plane (we're not going to talk about the MD11 here). Now I'm rethinking this. Recently I was lucky enough to fly from London to Sydney and back in first class on Qantas, and all four landings (BKK, SYD, SIN, MAN*) were greasers. Much as it warms the heart of any Aussie to think Qantas pilots are, you know, THE BEST, I have another theory, especially in the light of the Qantas overrun accident at Bangkok of a couple of years back, the pilot of which was the same gentleman that flew me from Singapore to Manchester on this recent trip.

What I'm thinking is, the reason pilots, instructors et al think you can't make a bad landing in a 747 is that up front (in first or upstairs in the office), they're so far from the main gear that they don't feel it, and they're up there in their ivory tower thinking they're Buck Rogers while all the schmucks in their back are wishing they'd bought travel insurance to pay for physio, and trying to find their false teeth which flew out and are under someone's seat three rows away.

* - a few snow flakes (I typed 'snokes' for some reason) closed LHR and we landed at Manchester instead, where we were kept on the plane for six hours due to a lack of parking spaces / immigration officials / airside buses (the reason kept changing). Welcome to the third world.

[Edited 2003-03-23 14:00:35]

fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
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User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13265 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4549 times:

The 747 can, apparently, flatter a pilot, but of course, you have to be careful. To be honest, I've had a fair few poor landings on 747s and I can only remember a handful of greasers. I flew from London to Seoul and back with Asiana recently and they were fine landings, particularly in London.

Of course, if you don't treat it with the respect it deserves or if weather conditions don't permit it (e.g. rain, strong winds - Kai Tak landings, for example!), it can look pretty uncomfortable.

User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4532 times:

Is it because of the huge main landing gears of the b747s that make me feel almost every landing was extremely smooth and one of the best. out of most of my numerous rides on the b747s (more on b744s) i was upfront or upstairs and there was only a few times had i thought the b747 landing was bad...

in other words, for me, a hard b747 landing is very rare..

however, with airbus widebodies especially the a330/340 landing with their nose so high up, and the tilted bogies, their landings are pretty smooth too.

User currently offlineDelta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2682 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4476 times:

This thread is also posted in the Tech/Ops forum. Rule 18 requires that the same topic not be posted in more than one forum


"In God we trust, everyone else bring data"
User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8656 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4471 times:

Well spotted Delta Flyer. It was meant to be here all along, the Tech / Ops posting was by accident. I tried to add a note at the bottom of this post to apologise but the edit function kept going wrong so I just left it, and assumed it wouldn't bother anyone. How wrong I was.

Thank you for reminding me about that crucial Rule 18. Where would we be without it?

fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
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