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 The landing gear of a Nigeria Airways DC-8 catches on fire shortly after takeoff and upon return to the airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the plane crashes, killing all 261 people onboard. CNN, 17 Feb. 2022 In recent days, workers have recovered parts of the plane’s engines, wings and main landing gear, along with other pieces of wreckage. New York Times, 27 Mar. 2022 Boeing uses Russian titanium in its 737, 767, 787, 777 and 777x airplanes for items such as fasteners, landing gear and flight-control structures. Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2022 The aeroengine maker says Russia contributes less than 2% of total revenue, but 20% of its titanium, which is used to make engine parts and landing gear for long-haul jetliners, is from the country. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 25 Feb. 2022 That wouldn't be the only time the X4M turned its Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber into landing gear. David Beard, Car and Driver, 7 Feb. 2022 This craft was powered for takeoff with a 25-horsepower pusher-type engine, and was equipped with a retractable bicycle landing gear. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Feb. 2022 In November, a 26-year-old man survived a flight from Guatemala to Miami after hiding in the plant's landing gear compartment. Jason Duaine Hahn,, 24 Jan. 2022 In November, a 26-year-old man was found in a plane's landing gear compartment at Miami International Airport. NBC News, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

15 May 2022

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“Landing gear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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