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

Examples of landing gear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Autoland takes over from there—choosing an airport, physically flying the plane, and lowering the landing gear at the right time—to bring the vehicle down safely. Rob Verger And Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "The most daring aerospace innovations of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 The pivot points are twice as far apart, to make room for the engine pods and the main landing gear, so the swing wings are stubbier and don't need to swing as far. Kevin V. Brown, Popular Mechanics, ""A Hot New Fighter for the Navy": PM Meets the F-14," 8 Oct. 2020 The Su-57 also boasts directional infrared countermeasure systems that use laser turrets to blind incoming infrared missiles, and the fighter jet was designed with robust enough landing gear to utilize austere and poorly developed airfields. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Su-57 Vs. J-20: What the Competition Tells Us About America's New Fighter," 6 Dec. 2020 Ultimately, the Seafires would not be seen as particularly well suited for carrier deployment due to their narrow landing gear and elongated nose that made landings difficult. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Supermarine Spitfire Is Such a Badass Plane," 6 Sep. 2020 The video shows the nose landing gear bay doors were open, but the gear didn’t come down as expected. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a C-17 Pilot Make an Incredible Landing With the Nose Wheels Still Up," 27 Oct. 2020 Featuring steel-tube frames with laminated and layered wood surfaces, the planes were equipped with tricycle landing gear. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction With Horten’s All-Wing Aircraft Design," 21 Oct. 2020 Today, the experimental aircraft is on display in the museum’s Boeing Aviation Hangar in an exhibit that features the center section of the plane standing on its landing gear with cockpit and jet engines clearly visible. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction With Horten’s All-Wing Aircraft Design," 21 Oct. 2020 Fire and medical airport crews responded to a report of a plane experiencing hydraulic failure with the landing gear, according to Mike Castillo, Mesa Fire and Medical Department captain. Chloe Jones, The Arizona Republic, "Video shows airplane 'belly' landing after landing gear malfunction in Mesa," 12 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of landing gear

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of landing gear was in 1911

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15 Jan 2021

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“Landing gear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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