deadstick landing

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deadstick landing

A landing performed without any power; normally consequent to engine failure.
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By sharpening awareness of how descent rate is affected by airspeed, bank angle and aircraft configuration, however, the maneuver stands to improve prospects for a successful dead-stick landing.
Unable to perform a dead-stick landing, he attempted to eject, but his aircraft was too low to the ground.
I kept my wits about me and did a dead-stick landing and ended up right where I'd taken off from.
The Westinghouse J34 engine seized and Guyton had to make a dead-stick landing. The need to repair the plane's lubrication system, coupled with uncharacteristic flooding at Muroc, delayed flight-testing for months.
During this period I jump off in an F-104 to shoot flameout landing approaches since the X-15 does finish with a dead-stick landing. This may be put in the skill and judgment department, but I like to think that I'm merely putting a fine edge on these qualities so I can come as close as possible to the spot they've marked on the runway for landing.
Pavement was near enough for a dead-stick landing on-airport with a normal pattern.
The pilots later performed a successful dead-stick landing in Jacksonville.
They don't feel like a dead-stick landing into oblivion.
A dead-stick landing would be necessary because the RQ-2B cannot restart its engine in-flight.