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Takeoff Vs Landing  
User currently offlineFG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2860 times:


How someone can tell from a picture if an aircraft is about to takeoff or to land? The flaps position can give an indication, but I want other more obvious clues.

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User currently offlineNJTurnpike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 580 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2658 times:

The picture's caption states that it's taking off. I'm guessing the spray from the wet runway might make it look like it's touching down (tyre smoke), but I'd go by the caption.


User currently offlineFG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2646 times:

Sorry, but I'm asking about any picture like this one without any written information  

User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2898 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (15 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2619 times:

If the aircraft is on the runway, a landing aircraft will have deployed thrust reversers. Hope that helps!

User currently offlineBoomer From United States of America, joined May 1999, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2617 times:

I think that flap position is likely the most obvious clue. Other indicators are more difficult to spot. Things like dust or rain water blown up from the runway by engines under high power, blurred images of tires that indicate whether they are turning. Other clues relate to the profile of the aircraft. Takeoffs usually result in a more nose-high angle than landings. The MD11 you show is likely taking off as the caption states. The flaps are not extended enough for a landing, and the high nose-up angle is contrary to a landing profile (unless the pilot severely got out of shape and had to over-flare to avoid a hard landing).

User currently offlineFanoftristars From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1658 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (15 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2530 times:

There is no smoke from touchdown on a take off. Also, I think the spoilers would be deployed at about this point, (main gear on the tarmac)

User currently offlineWing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1601 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (15 years 8 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2455 times:

The most obvious reason to understand that this a take off simply read the explanation underneath the picture its written "PH-KCI About to lift off runway 24L"Ha Ha!But seriously if that smoke was burned rubber I think we should see the spoilers deployed and the flaps should seem more extended.

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