pancake landing


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pancake landing

[′pan‚kāk ¦land·iŋ]
(aerospace engineering)
Landing of an aircraft at a low forward speed and at a very high rate of descent.

pancake landing

i. An aircraft landing procedure in which the aircraft is flared just above the surface of the ground. As the speed reduces resulting in reduced lift, it drops to the ground in a flat attitude. All landings with very low forward speed and very high rate of sink are called pancake landings. This is the pattern for what is known as a short-field approach/landing.
ii. It may also refer to a wheels-up landing.