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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.
A mute swan alighting. Note the ruffled feathers on top of the wings indicate that the swan is flying at the stalling speed. The extended and splayed 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 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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