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User currently offlineCoAir@IAH From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 271 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1564 times:

Please forgive me for having to ask these questions, but I cannot say that I know the exact answers to either:

1. Why would the flaps and slats be down in the 15-degree position before the plane leaves the gate? (And then later, I was in seat 2B and saw a couple of "wheels" rolling at the same time the flaps were retracted approx. five minutes prior to pushback). What were these spinning wheels? This was a 737-300, by the way.

2. How fast is the average commercial airliner going when it touches down?

Any information is greatly appreciated as always.

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User currently offlineGreeneyes53787 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 844 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 2 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1521 times:

Aircraft land at varying speeds depending on the load. A typical speed is about 120 mph.

User currently offlinePenguinflies From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 996 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 2 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1493 times:

the flaps might have been down for pre-flight or maintenance.

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