Avi8tir From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 397 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 10321 times:
2 weeks ago, I was able to take my first 744 flight (finally!!) on AF. All of my other long trips have always been a mix of 767's and 777's on various airlines. The landing @ CDG was incredibly smooth, perhaps one of the smoothest I have experienced. Is this common for the 744 or was it just a "good landing"? I just expected it to be a little more rough. thanks!
AlanUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 10224 times:
I agree that the 747 generally lands smoothly, but I would say the 777 lands even better, maybe due to the position of its undercarriage (the back of the 3 wheels gently touches the tarmac before the rest of the gear hits the ground). It makes me think of an eagle reaching for the ground with ease and experience...
EHHO From Bulgaria, joined Dec 2005, 815 posts, RR: 8 Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 10224 times:
I had a horrible landing last year with BA at ORD (BA297 on 08/28/05 to be precise). The plane (G-CIVG) jumped up twice before it was steady on the tarmac. Nah, I guess it's just the pilot and the circumstances that make it good.
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EasternSon From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 664 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 10192 times:
Flown the 747 a couple of times, and each time the landing was very smooth. I mentioned it in passing to a friend who flies for United (not 747's) and he said that it has to do with the size of the aircraft. He says it creates a pillow of air beneath itself as it descends and almost prevents putting it down too hard.
He's been known to be full of crap sometimes. Anybody care to back him up?
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Tozairport From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 677 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 9972 times:
One of my former airplanes was the 744 at UA. It was a very easy airplane to fly and land smoothly. Kind of like driving a big Cadillac around. It was unique in that at around 200 feet, you had to make a conscious push forward and power reduction or else the ground effect would cause you to sail long. All in all, my second favorite airplane to fly next to the 757.
Jtamu97 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 658 posts, RR: 2 Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 9957 times:
Years ago I flew SAA 747 from ATL-CPT and back. We also had a 747 on the return from JNB going JNB-CPT-SAL-ATL. All 4 landings were as smooth as can be. I asked a pilot for them who was also an anetter about the landings..He simply said...It is just like a Cessna, just with more restrooms! I too was amazed at how smooth the landings were for such a large aircraft.
CXB744 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 203 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 9757 times:
Quoting EasternSon (Reply 7): Flown the 747 a couple of times, and each time the landing was very smooth. I mentioned it in passing to a friend who flies for United (not 747's) and he said that it has to do with the size of the aircraft. He says it creates a pillow of air beneath itself as it descends and almost prevents putting it down too hard
It's not a pillow, and the pilot should know better. Its called "ground effect". Simply put, its the interference of the ground with air flow patterns around the wing.
Ground effect is felt within a wing span of the ground. 744 = BIG wing span.
The weight of the jet helps bring the B744 through ground effect, but there is still resistance, thus a smooth landing, or "greaser."
What is it? It's A 747-400, but that's not important right now.
AA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2529 posts, RR: 30 Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 9702 times:
I heard that it was the 747's 4-gear truck system that always made for a rather cushioned landing. I myself have always ALWAYS had lovely landings in the 747. The next best I ever had was the MD-11. It seems that the less number of main wheels, the worse the landings. 737/A320, then 757/767/777... then 747... in order of my opinion of the worst to best landings
LawrenceMck From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 311 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 9553 times:
I had a hell of a hard landing last year here at MAN in a 742. We slammed onto the runway with some force! We hit the tarmac so hard that several of the overhead storage bins opened, but I have to say, it was one of the most exciting landings ever!
Also had some very smooth landings in the 744 and 772, to be honest I prefer the harder landings, much more fun!
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25 AirPacific747: Worst landing I have had has been onboard 767s. Years ago, I flew with SK on their 767-300ER CPH-HKG (Kai Tak). The landing was the scariest landing I
26 N754PR: Rather silly post this as the landing is upto the crew. If they do a nice landing its smooth, if they slam it down its not... simple as that.
27 ThrottleHold: Totally wrong. How long will it take people to realise that a smooth landing is not necessarily a good landing? A landing may be smooth, but if the p
28 Tito: Its the pilot, either great skill or luck, usually luck. I've had my share of "landings" that really pounded the pavement as well as greasers. I don't
29 HZ747300: I agree! There is nothing more fun than when the plane smacks the ground and you feel it in your bones. Sometimes the luggage bins pop open debris be
30 Siafan: I remember once i flew back SIN-FRA on QF the landing in FRA was so smooth that you hardly noticed that you where on the ground already. The captain w
31 VHTAE: I agree, the landing of a A330 is very smooth. I have flown on a Qantas A330-200 and landing was great. Thanks VH-TAE.
32 Erela: I recall a really rough landing at AF 742 some 10 years ago at NBO when all gas masks came down as well as much of the luggage above, so it's the circ
33 SkyHigh777: A month ago I flew the SAA flight from IAD-JNB with a stop in Dakar. The landing in Dakar was really really rough, so much so that the woman sitting n
34 Jbguller: I've only ever had one bad landing on a 747 - August last year, flight from LAX-SYD approaching SYD at nighttime - the plane hardly had time to flare,
35 LPLAspotter: Agree totally. I flew my only 777 with SQ from MNL to SIN and I didn't realize we were on the ground until the thrust reversers deployed. LPLAspotter
36 StarGoldLHR: Ive flown dozens of 747's from various different airlines.. (UA, SQ, AF, BA, NW, LH, VS) honestly its down to the pilot and the local weather conditio
37 Monkeyboi: The reason the 747 usually lands so smoothly is due to the mass of the aircraft producing a large cusion of air, once the aircraft is in close proximi
38 JBirdAV8r: I'd suspect that a pilot with many times your experience does "know better." He gave the typical "in a nutshell" explanation, playing to his audience
39 Nohag: I don't know what the problem is with Dakar but I have never ever experienced a smooth landing there. (2 times very hard or "firm", 3rd time a go-aro
40 Bestpilot: That test pilot was Jack Waddell, he's the guy who said that. The combination of the huge 4 bogie gear and the massive flaps make for a big cushion o
41 727forever: In my experience, The 767 is the most consistant hard lander, but the 727 typically gives the hardest and yes, it is very difficult to achieve greaser
42 EasternSon: It's not that he should know better, he probably does, but in explaining it to a layman (such as myself) he probably dumbed it down a bit. He's a ver
43 Birdbrainz: That is due to either 1.) an out of balance wheel spinning down, and as the landing gear retracts, the gyroscopic force changes direction, -or- 2.) s
44 Bond007: Correct! A smooth landing sure needs a stabilized approach and correct flare, and speeds etc. etc., but luck plays a fairly big role. As an aircraft
45 Gregarious119: I'm not sure if we had some pretty big crosswinds or if he just came in off-center, but last time we flew BA from LHR-JFK, we had a pretty rough time
46 Dc10s4ever: There is an old saying "It is almost impossible to have a bad landing in a 747" ..."The 747 is a big pussycat"....Joe Patroni
47 NW747-400: Could be the autoland feature that makes it smooth
48 Longhaulheavy: My brother-in-law flew for the air force, and once told me that pilots would get grief from other pilots if they made landings that were too smooth.
49 Flyabunch: Well, good old Joe never met a TWA captain that my wife and I had the misfortune to fly with on a flight from Rome to JFK in 1980. He really abused t
50 Ripdog: My limited experience on the 747 have always seem to have nice gentle touchdowns. One trip into Narita with NW. The crew gave us our meal while we wer
51 BEYauty: I've flown multiple times on 747's, BA, Thai, NWA, Lufthansa and was always impressed by how smoothly they landed, that is until a couple of weeks ago
52 TF39: Many of the landings I've experienced on the 747 weren't noticeable until I heard the TRs deploy - extremely smooth. What's really cool is listening t
53 ChiGB1973: 747 and 777 pilots are generally the most experienced in the sky. I think that pretty much sums it up! M
54 ThrottleHold: Maybe in the USA, but not necessarily elsewhere. I fly 747's and have friends much more experienced than me who fly ATR's, 320's and 737's.
55 Riyadhnurse: 10 yrs working in the middle east.and numerous occasions to fly,mostly 743 &744"s and L-1011's. Never experienced any rough landings even in bad weath
56 HighFlyer9790: yup. it was jack waddel, the 747-100 chief test pilot.