gliding distance

gliding distance

The maximum horizontal distance that can be reached from a given height in a normal glide. Also called a gliding range. The maximum gliding distance can be achieved only by flying at the best gliding speed and in tailwind conditions.
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From its cruise altitude, the airplane's gliding distance would also be about 100 miles, but consider that for the debris to drift that same 100 miles it would only take a drift rate of 2 knots, yielding a wide range of possibilities as to the nature of the aircraft's descent to the water below.
After attaining gliding distance to the airfield, Capt Miller was able to determine that the engine nozzle was not responding to changes in throttle setting.
At 1,200 ft, Maj Granger extended the aircraft speed brakes to shorten his gliding distance and commanded bailout.