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Aircraft Speed

Fri Jan 25, 2002 10:38 pm

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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RE: Aircraft Speed

Sat Jan 26, 2002 12:31 am

Isn't it the other way around??? Anyways go to It's BA's fleet page, click on a/c to see detailed info, including landing speed.

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RE: Aircraft Speed

Sat Jan 26, 2002 12:53 am

It's the other way around.
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RE: Aircraft Speed

Sat Jan 26, 2002 1:23 am

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.
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RE: Aircraft Speed

Sat Jan 26, 2002 2:29 am

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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RE: Aircraft Speed

Sat Jan 26, 2002 3:55 am

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


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