Re: Look backwards for safety

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 19:16:15 MDT

Harvey Newstrom wrote:
> I assume that you don't fly very much. When a plane lands it is not
> pointing nose-down. It is still pointing with its nose upward to maintain
> lift as it glides downward. Try watching an actual airplane landing if you
> don't believe me. The nose stays higher than the tail.

I've flown a good deal, and on descent, when you are both losing
altitude and speed, you are most certainly nose downward, especially
when you are on approach to some of the more noise restrictive airports.
The aircraft generally rotates nose up in the last couple thousand yards
prior to reaching the runway marker.

It is true, though, that ascent has generally a greater angle of attack
than the descent has a negative angle of attack, with greater
acceleration on takeoff as well.

For me, the major hangups with flying are narrow seats and no leg/foot
room, though I hate window seats in Airbus planes. Give me an L-1011 in
the old TWA installation (coach seats were nearly what first class is
today) any day. For everything else, there is always dramamine....

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