Anyone know on average how much real estate an MD-80 needs to land safely?
I was at DCA yesterday and a DL MD-88 came in a little too hot and high and to make things worse, the departing US Express Emb 170 was still on the runway when the MD-80 flew over Gravelly Point which lies a couple hundred yards shy of the threshold. I expected the DL flight to go-around but the pilot decided to go for the landing and as a result it didn't actually touch down until it was nearly half-way down the runway (which isn't a terribly long runway to begin with). I was impressed that the pilots were able to bring the plane down to a stop without any more drama than a normal landing. I imagine they were hard on the brakes though!