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User currently offlineBluewhite From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2001, 333 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 2 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 985 times:

A bit technical but am I correct in thinking that the larger aircraft (B747,B777) come in on approach, at a lower speed than, say a B737-200.

I remember a recent trip when the Olympic B732 seemed to be very fast (but smooth) on approach, but something like a B777-300 just "drifts" in for miles and miles.
Can someone confirm this for me as just perception or reality??


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User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 966 times:

Isn't it the other way around??? Anyways go to http://www.britishairways.com/flights/factfile/airfleet/airfleet.shtml It's BA's fleet page, click on a/c to see detailed info, including landing speed.


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User currently offlineSeagull From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 340 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 951 times:

It's the other way around.

User currently offline456 From Netherlands, joined Feb 2001, 331 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 943 times:

It looks like that a larger aircraft comes in at a lower speed, but that is because it's size is so large.

Compare it with a fast flying fly. It seems it is going really fast, but when you run, or cycle, you will go at a same speed, and it seems not you are going that fast.

User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 932 times:

A bigger aircraft weights more, hence the higher approach speed.

But it's true, a bigger aircraft appears to fly slower because of its size...


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User currently offlineBluewhite From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2001, 333 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 899 times:

Thanks guys, I forgot that everything's relative (well, at least according to Einstein) and my elementary Physics!


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