Dead-stick landing - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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The landing of an air or space craft without power (i.e., one whose control stick is "dead"). (Also written as "deadstick landing.") After the storm knocked out both of the plane's engines, the pilot was forced to performed a harrowing dead-stick landing.
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The Westinghouse J34 engine seized and Guyton had to make a dead-stick landing
During this period I jump off in an F-104 to shoot flameout landing approaches since the X-15 does finish with a dead-stick landing
The pilots later performed a successful dead-stick landing
They don't feel like a dead-stick landing
A dead-stick landing
would be necessary because the RQ-2B cannot restart its engine in-flight.
He destroyed four hostile fighters before cannon shellfire forced him to make a dead-stick landing
off Vella Lavella, where he was later picked up.