landing gear


Definition of landing gear

: the part that supports the weight of an airplane or spacecraft when in contact with the land or water

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Among them is a blurry photo taken off the coast of the island in 1937; TIGHAR contends that the image may show a chunk of the Lockheed Electra’s landing gear sticking up from the waters’ edge. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Why the Much-Publicized Mission to Find Amelia Earhart’s Plane Is Likely to Come Up Empty," 1 Aug. 2019 The plane’s landing gear was damaged in the impact, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Plane makes hard landing at Montgomery airport; no injuries," 14 July 2019 Ankara builds parts of the fuselage, landing gear and cockpit displays, a boon for the country’s aerospace industry. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Is Pausing Deliveries of F-35 Equipment to Turkey," 3 Apr. 2019 The Air Force's Accident Investigation Board also determined the pilot raised the aircraft landing gear prematurely and that the daily brief was inadequate. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Releases Explanation for April's F-22 Belly Flop Accident," 19 Nov. 2018 That would remove the need for a landing mechanism, whether that be landing gear wheels or some kind of parachute, leaving room for more payload or greater endurance. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "'Gremlins' Will Turn Airplanes Into Flying Aircraft Carriers," 14 May 2018 Pilot in fatal crash reported landing gear, fuel problems A volleyball family grieving Many have seen Cobo filled up with cars, displays and spectators during the North American International Auto Show. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Volleyball player finds light in darkness on court after deadly crash," 1 July 2018 There’s generally a scarcity of second-hand components for the A380, making pieces like landing gear, flaps and engines more valuable, Gehling said. Tom Lavell,, "Two Unwanted A380s Are Moving Closer to the Scrapheap," 5 June 2018 Firefighters responded to the call at 11:45 a.m. when the jet landed without landing gear, said Capt. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Private jet catches fire mid-air, makes emergency landing at Mather," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of landing gear

1911, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of landing gear

: the wheels and other parts of an aircraft that support its weight when it is on the ground

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