pancake landing


: a landing in which the airplane is stalled usually unintentionally above the landing surface causing it to drop abruptly in an approximately horizontal orientation with little forward motion

Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pancake landing was in 1928

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Cite this Entry

“Pancake landing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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