pancake landing
noun Date: 1928 a landing in which the airplane is stalled usually unintentionally above the landing surface causing it to drop abruptly in an approximately horizontal position with little forward motion

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pancake landing — i. An aircraft landing procedure in which the aircraft is flared just above the surface of the ground. As the speed reduces resulting in reduced lift, it drops to the ground in a flat attitude. All landings with very low forward speed and very… …   Aviation dictionary

  • pancake landing — noun : a landing in which the airplane is leveled off higher than for a normal landing causing it to stall and drop in an approximately horizontal position with little forward motion …   Useful english dictionary

  • pancake landing — noun An emergency landing in which an aircraft drops flat from a low altitude with no wheels deployed …   Wiktionary

  • pancake landing — noun an emergency landing in which an aircraft levels out close to the ground and drops vertically with its undercarriage still retracted …   English new terms dictionary

  • pancake landing — noun (C) an act of bringing an aircraft down to the ground in such a way that it drops flat from a low height …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pancake — or pancake landing [pan′kāk΄] n. 1. a thin, flat cake of batter fried on a griddle or in a pan; griddlecake; flapjack 2. a landing in which the airplane levels off higher than for a normal landing, stalls, then drops almost vertically: in full… …   English World dictionary

  • Pancake (disambiguation) — Pancake is a batter cake fried in a pan.Pancake may also mean: *In volleyball, a pancake is a pass technique executed by sliding the hand palm down on the court during a dive, so that the ball bounces off of the back of the hand * Pancake makeup… …   Wikipedia

  • pancake — ► NOUN 1) a thin, flat cake of batter, fried and turned in a pan. 2) theatrical make up consisting of a flat solid layer of compressed powder. ► VERB 1) (of an aircraft) make a pancake landing. 2) informal flatten or become flattened. ● (as) flat …   English terms dictionary

  • pancake — n. & v. n. 1 a thin flat cake of batter usu. fried and turned in a pan and rolled up with a filling. 2 a flat cake of make up etc. v. 1 intr. make a pancake landing. 2 tr. cause (an aircraft) to pancake. Phrases and idioms: flat as a pancake… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pancake — /pan kayk /, n., v., pancaked, pancaking. n. 1. a thin, flat cake of batter fried on both sides on a griddle or in a frying pan; griddlecake or flapjack. 2. Also called pancake landing. an airplane landing made by pancaking. v.i. 3. (of an… …   Universalium

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