Re: Gear placement in ditching

Date:         02 Dec 96 01:44:33 
From:         Pete Finlay <>
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In article <airliners.1996.2613@ohare.Chicago.COM>, writes
>In a "controlled" (though the EA one was probably not) water ditching of
>a craft the size of modern jetliner, should the main gear be up or down.
>I can imagine the entry of bogeys into the water creating drag sufficient
>to slow things down a bit resulting in less "belly time" before stop. This
>would seem to lessen the chance of breakup.
>On the other hand,  the tremendous forces involved might create
>belly-piercing missles from all or part of the main gear.  What do you
>folks say?  What do the books call for?

gear up, on every aircraft I've flown (except the Blackburn Beverly!)

Pete Finlay
Boeing 747 Senior Flight Engineer