landing

In by Mark Goodman

A platform between flights of stairs or at the termination of a flight of stairs.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
landing (noun)
1.
an act or process of one that - lands , especially a going or bringing to a surface (as land or shore) after a voyage or flight
2.
a place for discharging and taking on passengers and cargo
3.
a level part of a staircase (as at the end of a flight of stairs)
4.
the amount of fish or shellfish annually in a particular area - landed
landing (Wikipedia)
A Bombardier CRJ700 about to land
Piper Cherokee landing sequence from approach to flare
A landing Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-400ER. The smoke emanating from the left main undercarriage wheels shows that it touched down on that main landing gear first, which is normal procedure in a left cross wind.
Boeing 737-800 of Ryanair makes a smoky landing at Bristol Airport (2016)
A mute swan landing on a stretch of water. Note the ruffled feathers on top of the wings indicate that the swan is flying at the stalling speed. The extended and splayed primary flight feathers act as lift augmenters in the same way as an aircraft's slats and flaps.
An unusual landing; a Piper J3C-65 Cub lands on a moving trailer as part of an airshow.
Soyuz space capsule retro-rockets cushion the landing impact

Landing is the last part of a flight, where a flying animal, aircraft, or spacecraft returns to the ground. When the flying object returns to water, the process is called alighting, although it is commonly called "landing", "touchdown" or "splashdown" as well. A normal aircraft flight would include several parts of flight including taxi, takeoff, climb, cruise, descent and landing.

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