airplane flare

airplane flare

[′er‚plān ‚fler]
(engineering)
A flare, often magnesium, that is dropped from an airplane to illuminate a ground area; a small parachute decreases the rate of descent.
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Done correctly, you'll remain slightly wing low as the airplane flares and touch clown on the upwind wheel first.
As the airplane flares for touchdown, rudder is used (perhaps with some upwind aileron) to "kick out" the crab and align the airplane's nose with the runway, allowing the touchdown to occur with minimal or no sideload on the landing gear.