deadstick landing

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deadstick landing

A landing performed without any power; normally consequent to engine failure.
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In fact, few powered-aircraft pilots ever experience a true, total, no-power-at-all, 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.
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.
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.