[SpamCop-Social] Re: Planes, trains and stalling. (Ping GregR)
redford_stone at INVERSE_OF_COLDmail.com
Wed Feb 26 16:21:55 EST 2003
Frog Prince wrote:
> | > Not sure about current airframes but
> | > sometime back there were birds that could not land with a full load
> | > of fuel.
> | In some of the comics of my youth these planes had a thing called in
> | "les vide-vite" (wfw. "the empty-fast"), a control that the pilot would
> | before an emergency landing "with too much fuel", or before a "belly"
> | landing.
> In the old movies the pilot would always dump fuel before the emergency
> landing. In part due to the mass and in part due to a concern for fire. As
> a kid I could never understand how an airplane that crashed landed for lack
> of fuel ended up as a fiery wreck at the other end of the runway.
Lighter weight makes the landing easier to handle. (i.e... easier to skid with).
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