What does "greased the landing" (aviation) mean?

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Still in use?

Yes, still in use.

It means a landing so smooth it’s hard to tell just when the wheels touch the ground.

I don’t know it’s origin but it means an incredibly smooth landing, no bump, no sound. I haven’t heard it myself for some years because I haven’t been hanging out with pilots that much, but I don’t know why they wouldn’t keep saying it.


Tanks always go thunk when they land.

Absent a truly serious amount of grease.

The B-36, a really fucking big piston-engined bomber built after WWII, actually was tested with a tracked landing gear like a tank.