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User currently offlineFrequentflyer5 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 236 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1930 times:

I returned back to ORD from YYC last Saturday afternoon. Upon leaving the ORD area I saw UA an A319 taking off.

I watched this and couldn't understand to see that the landing gear wasn't up until it was well away from ORD and pretty high in altitude. It was a pretty clear day and this was quite visible. Afterwards I saw another A319 taking off but landing gear was retracted quickly after being airborne.

What did I see? Is this something normal?

Any info would be appreciated! Thanks!


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User currently offlineShaun3000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1874 times:

Maybe the pilots forgot to retract them.

User currently offlinePopee From Pakistan, joined Feb 2001, 151 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1855 times:

What u saw was not an abnormal phenomena. Its done when the wheel brakes are hot. The gears are kept extended to cool them before retraction. That particular aircraft may have applied hard brakes on landing an had short transit time.


User currently offline747Forever From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1833 times:

aahhh, so thats what it is, when spotting at heathrow a few months ago an Air France A319 or A320 (can't remember) did exactly the same thing, thought i was about to see an emergency landing for a few minutes till they finally retracted it



User currently offlineTs-ior From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3735 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1807 times:

Commonly,gears are retracted five seconds after take off !!!

For technical reasons,a pilot may delay the retraction !!!
In an emergency landing,gears are downed even at high levels,and this is to expect landing at any time !!!
Gears may be downed to reduce speed at approach,with disturbing the air flow !!!

User currently offlineSunken_Lunken From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week ago) and read 1768 times:

This was debated by some of the experienced professionals on here a while ago. You can read all about it here:


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