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Jan 14, 2022 12:47:17   #
napabob Loc: Napa CA
 
An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a "Thanks for flying our airline". He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old lady walking with a cane. She said,
"Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?"
"Why, no Ma'am," said the pilot. "What is it ?"
The little old lady said,
"Did we land, or were we shot down?"

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Jan 14, 2022 13:10:51   #
RiJoRi Loc: Sandy Ridge, NC
 
"Any landing you walk away from..." 😁

--Rich

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Jan 14, 2022 13:21:59   #
DavidPhares Loc: Chandler, Arizona
 
That was funny!

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Jan 14, 2022 21:56:05   #
brucebc Loc: Tooele, Utah
 
Cracked me up!!!

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Jan 15, 2022 07:22:29   #
Moondoggie Loc: Southern California
 
I must have been on that same flight! LOL

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Jan 15, 2022 07:51:42   #
Manglesphoto Loc: 70 miles south of St.Louis
 
napabob wrote:
An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a "Thanks for flying our airline". He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old lady walking with a cane. She said,
"Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?"
"Why, no Ma'am," said the pilot. "What is it ?"
The little old lady said,
"Did we land, or were we shot down?"
An airline pilot wrote that on this particular fli... (show quote)



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Jan 15, 2022 09:15:25   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 

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Jan 15, 2022 10:01:12   #
pbearperry Loc: Massachusetts
 
Hahahahahahahahaah thanks for the laugh.

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Jan 15, 2022 10:02:07   #
Jimmy T Loc: Virginia
 
napabob wrote:
An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a "Thanks for flying our airline". He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old lady walking with a cane. She said,
"Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?"
"Why, no Ma'am," said the pilot. "What is it ?"
The little old lady said,
"Did we land, or were we shot down?"
An airline pilot wrote that on this particular fli... (show quote)


Sounds like a landing I had as a passenger a few years back aboard a 7XX at NorVa.
We were about 10-15' off of the deck when we literally just fell to the tarmac.
We hit so hard that all of the oxygen masks deployed, unbelted passengers briefly "Flew", and the plane literally bounced into the air and came down hard again.
After a few violent steering corrections, we straightened up and taxied to our gate to disembark.
There was not a word said by the passengers, everyone just stood up, collected our personal items, and calmly and Very politely disembarked.
That landing did not make me . . .
Smile,
JimmyT Sends

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Jan 15, 2022 10:50:04   #
rmalarz Loc: Tempe, Arizona
 
That's not how it was described by a friend of mine, who is a pilot for a major airline. They describe landings in a couple of ways.

Any landing you survive more than 24 hours afterwards is a good landing.

Along your line, any landing you walk away from is a good landing. If you can reuse the plane it was a great landing.
--Bob
RiJoRi wrote:
"Any landing you walk away from..." 😁

--Rich

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Jan 15, 2022 10:51:39   #
neillaubenthal
 
Moondoggie wrote:
I must have been on that same flight! LOL


Actually…this comes down largely to where the pilot of the aircraft learned to fly. In the Air Force…pilots are generally taught to come over the runway threshold at slightly above stall speed then they idle the throttles and flare the aircraft to a nose up attitude which essentially causes a stall and the aircraft settles onto the runway usually pretty gently. In the Navy on the other hand…most aircraft are carrier based and the landing process is completely different. Carrier aircraft do not flare and stall…they fly down the glide path which is steeper than for a land based runway and essentially crash into the deck just ahead of the arresting gear wires which then grab the hook and stop the aircraft…no brakes or air brakes involved. When the pilot feels the initial jerk of the arresting gear he pushes the throttles to maximum power until the plane comes to a stop before idling them again. This is because he might miss the wires or they sometimes break after slowing the plane below stall speed…but it isn't possible for it to stop before it rolls off the deck so the max power is to get the engines to spool back up which takes a second or three so that the pilot can take off again if need be.

That process…whichever one he/she learned…gets ingrained into muscle memory and it's like riding a bicycle…that's just the way a particular pilot lands.

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Jan 15, 2022 11:07:26   #
CobblestoneLane Loc: Midwest
 
I participated in a landing like that once. I seem to remember the captain had informed the passengers that the co-pilot would be landing the plane. On landing, the overhead compartment doors flew open, followed by a couple violent shimmeys side to side. When the pilot finally came on the PA announcing our arrival, all the passengers applauded!

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Jan 15, 2022 11:26:17   #
bamfordr Loc: Campbell CA
 
napabob wrote:
An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a "Thanks for flying our airline". He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old lady walking with a cane. She said,
"Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?"
"Why, no Ma'am," said the pilot. "What is it ?"
The little old lady said,
"Did we land, or were we shot down?"
An airline pilot wrote that on this particular fli... (show quote)


I remember a flight attendant acknowledging a particularly hard landing with just a few words. “As you can tell, we have landed (pause) in San Jose.”

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Jan 15, 2022 13:14:59   #
gpc
 
Nearing the runway while returning to Logan in Boston the pilot suddenly hit max power ascended and did a go around. His explanation: "A mysterious cloud appeared over the runway."

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Jan 15, 2022 15:21:30   #
BBurns Loc: South Bay, California
 
If taxiing to the gate requires full throttle, you have landed with the gear up!

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