PhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 917 times:
The one with either the most effective autoland or the most proficient crew, aided and abetted by perfect conditions, tyres properly inflated with the oleos in tip top condition and hydraulics at required optimums.
Such an aircraft should be landed on a perfectly smooth runway and should have perfect seat bottom cushions and overhead bins that don't rattle, galley carts that lock perfectly in place and no passengers who scream at the slightest noise.
The 146 does have some very gentle charecteristics due to the high wing, the position of the main gear, the air brake in the tail and a slow landing speed but I've had some dog rough landings in them in cross winds and the configuration is similar in the C141, C5, AN124 etc.
There is no answer to this question as there are too many uncontrollable variables
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 890 times:
All aircraft can produce "the perfect landing" in the right conditions. Although bigger jets are generally generate smoother landings IMHO (probably due to Bigger landing gear, bigger aircraft, more experienced crew, less likely to be effected by weather etc etc).
Kcle From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 686 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 765 times:
It all depends on the pilots. Three of my four AirTran flights were smooth, but the one DC-9 was an interesting landing. I overheard an F/A say that our captain was an ex-NAVY fighter pilot, and they are trained to land hard, fast, and slow down quickly. Sure enough, that landing was bumpy and rough, but the plane didn't bounce back up at all.
FSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 760 times:
Heres the thing. I fly Lufthansa quite a bit to and from FRA and LAX. On their 744's. The smoothest landings I have ever experienced are on them. Maybe Germans just know how to fly planes! Great landings. Also, once, on a continental flight, many years back, it was an MD-80. The captain was really good. My sister is a light sleeper, and was trying to sleep before takeoff, and we had already taken off, and she had no idea! It was a really quiet takeoff, I didnt even know we were taking off till we lifted up. The landing on the same flight was really smooth, amazing. Also, on a Lufthansa A300, I fell asleep before we took off, and woke up 2 hours into the flight. I was dissapointed I missed the takeoff though .
Qantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 752 times:
Shouldnt this be a question of rather who is the best crew and weather conditions put together. I'm telling you, its NOT the aircraft that creates the smoothest landing its the crew and how they perform it. A Cessna 421 can have a smooth landing with gear down, and have an even smoother one with the gear up. Yes you saw that right. And I have heard of a story where this was in fact true. The pilot of course didnt know the gear was still up, so he wasnt panicing at all.