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N624FE (cn 48443/458) Making the hardest landing I've ever seen
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A visitor from Taiwan posted Thu May 31, 2012:
The reason why it's designed a three-holer is that one day the main design engineer said to his fellow workers, "hey, wanna see some smokes?"

Then, they put an extra engine and some extra rubbers.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Tue March 6, 2012:
It is difficult to control because it has a very heavy ass.

A visitor from - posted Sat September 10, 2011:
The pilots forgot to level off before landing? The nose seems a bit too high.

A visitor from - posted Fri July 29, 2011:
You can see the outlines where the windows are supposed to be! great picture!

A visitor from Brazil posted Wed April 20, 2011:
Seems that the next plane to land on (or takeoff) probably had to wait for the smoke dissipate ;-)) .. very nice smoky shot, 5*

A visitor from - posted Mon May 24, 2010:
This is a really cool picture!!

A visitor from France posted Fri December 11, 2009:
Bravo Olivier!! (Message envoy

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue March 31, 2009:

A visitor from Ireland posted Thu July 12, 2007:
Very good pic the reason for the hard landing is a very heavy load id say shes full to max capacity

A visitor from Brazil posted Sat June 2, 2007:
Amazing shot! One of the best shots I ever seen at A.net!!! Congratulations!

A visitor from Germany posted Wed February 14, 2007:
Looks like he is standing on the brakes during touchdown. Happened to me once when I was flying a C172 in my early days. Not good!!

A visitor from Brazil posted Tue November 21, 2006:
"Captain, I think we might have a problem with those crystal glasses we're up to deliver..."

A visitor from Portugal posted Thu June 22, 2006:
The passengers didn't complain, so that's ok...

A visitor from Brazil posted Thu June 22, 2006:
Smokeee it all !!

A visitor from Canada posted Fri June 16, 2006:
WOW !!! Very cool. 5*****

A visitor from Argentina posted Mon June 12, 2006:
like a ilussion,the smoke,is like magic.

A visitor from Norway posted Wed May 31, 2006:
That's an incredible shot... Congrats! Wonderful..

A visitor from Denmark posted Sun May 28, 2006:
What a beatiful shot. Sometimes it look really difficult too land an airplane, for us who never try it. We must belive that those who fly, know what they are doing. When I look at this picture it look for mee as an accident.
I'm from Denmark.

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 28, 2006:
It is not my fault it was my co-pilot

A visitor from Uruguay posted Sat May 27, 2006:
Besides the great picture that this one is, I dont think the Cap or the F/O might have been resting on the brakes.. the tires would have blown quite fast..

A visitor from Netherlands posted Sat May 27, 2006:
That's gotta give at least someone a hernia!

A visitor from Poland posted Sat May 27, 2006:

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat May 27, 2006:
Great picture.

A visitor from Austria posted Sat May 27, 2006:
Hi Olivier!

Congratulations to this one!!! :D That's perfect captured during the plane's arrival. I've also hardly seen such a landing with so much smoke.

Best regards (...ton ami d'Autriche);)


A visitor from France posted Sat May 27, 2006:
Great shot Oliv'

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 27, 2006:
I think that the MD-11's and DC-10's make the hardest landings because they're heavier in the tail because of the engine on the tail. It tends to make the back of the aircraft come down hard and that is also why the there is a center main gear.

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat May 27, 2006:
Sorry to say this, but as a pilot, this is a FULL NORMAL landing...Great Pic, however:-)))

A visitor from Switzerland posted Sat May 27, 2006:
Nice !

A visitor from Viet Nam posted Sat May 27, 2006:
MD-11 and DC-10s are the hardest landing planes I have ever seen !!!

A visitor from Korea, Republic Of posted Sat May 27, 2006:
Smoke em~! ;-)

A visitor from Canada posted Sat May 27, 2006:
Looking at this picture and the one taken just before http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1045397/M/ one might wonder (just might) if someone wasn't resting a little on the brakes at the time of touch down. Capt to F/O "hey, ya wanna see a smoky landing?". :p

Mind you to someone out there who knows nothing of about aircraft, you could quote this as the guys were just trying to "get out of Dodge" in a hurry as in "laying rubber" which we all know is impossible on take off unless you lock up the brakes and why you would do that is beyond me. :)

Right time, great lighting, excellent shot!

A visitor from Colombia posted Sat May 27, 2006:

A visitor from Brazil posted Fri May 26, 2006:
The master of ceremonies would say: "Welcome to CDG AirShow! Now you can see this MD11 performing some acrobatic smoke demonstration!"

A visitor from Portugal posted Fri May 26, 2006:

A visitor from France posted Fri May 26, 2006:
I think this guy could land a MD-11 on the deck of the CVN 75 :) ! ! Great pic !

A visitor from Brazil posted Fri May 26, 2006:
Smoke them... hey, Mr. Big... :-)

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 26, 2006:
The pilot deserves a pay rais:)

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 26, 2006:
Unusual, dramatic

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 26, 2006:
Someone put alcohol on the tires? ;) Brings a whole new definition to the word HEAVY! Nice shot!

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 26, 2006:
I'd LOVE to be the tire dealer at CDG!

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 26, 2006:
That pilot must be a former Naval Aviator by slamming the plane onto the flight deck of an aircraft carrier.

A visitor from Denmark posted Fri May 26, 2006:
Well, maybe the pilot is an ex-navy pilot:

Navy carrier pilots to Air Force pilots: Flaring is like squatting to pee.

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 26, 2006:
Smoke 'em if you got 'em!

A visitor from Mexico posted Fri May 26, 2006:
That´s gotta hurt! T.B.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Fri May 26, 2006:
Learn how to flare!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Fri May 26, 2006:
Really impressive cloud of smoke! Photo 1045397 was taken about a second earlier I think.

A visitor from Canada posted Fri May 26, 2006:
Look like this plane is heavy, lot's of cargo!!!
Great shot!!!

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 26, 2006:
Talk about structual damage, ladies and gents i give you my unexperienced co-pilot. (wasn't me)! lol

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 26, 2006:
A good american company a good american jet

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 26, 2006:

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 26, 2006:
Just freakin' nice!!!

A visitor from Australia posted Fri May 26, 2006:
Great Photo! I think its safe to call this a smokey landing!

A visitor from Czech Republic posted Fri May 26, 2006:
Really hard touchdown... Great shot!

A visitor from Denmark posted Fri May 26, 2006:
Woow, if this pilot drives like he flyes he won´t be borrowing my car !
Awesome pic !

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 26, 2006:
Amazing shot of some real "hot gear" what the hey, its only cargo!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu May 25, 2006:
Wow! Pretty impressive!

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