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John

Hence the old adage, "any landing you can walk away from is a good landing."

Way back in the last century I was stationed in California, and at another base about 60 miles down the road they had C-5s (Galaxy). One night two pilots took one up to do approaches and landings to meet their proficiency requirements. They were scheduled to do 30 approaches and 30 landings (most just touch and go). Twenty-nine were just fine.

On the last scheduled landing they forgot to lower the landing gear. They soon answered the age old question "How do you know when a C-5 lands gear up?" The answer -- applying differential braking would not return the aircraft to the center-line.

John Pepple

Yikes. I heard a line from a pilot who said that there are two kinds of pilots, those who have forgotten to put down their landing gear, and those who will. I don't know how true that is. It doesn't apply to people like me since the landing gear is always down on these planes.

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