Can an airplane land over another one both in flight?

In summary, the conversation is discussing the possibility of a plane landing on an aircraft carrier while both are in flight. It is determined that it can be done, but it would require careful synchronization of speed and altitude to avoid any potential problems. The conversation also mentions the existence of experimental "airborne aircraft carriers."
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mohlam12
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don't know if this is the right place to ask, but I've been wondering:
can ever a plane land over an aircraft carrier, which is also a plane, both in flight? if so, how should they do that?
 
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Yes, it can be done, but it would be tricky. Essentially, it's the same as landing on the ground, or an aircraft carrier at sea, or a flatbed truck on a highway. As long as the pilot can synchonize speed and altitude properly, and compensate for any wake turbulence, there won't be a problem.
 
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Danger said:
Yes, it can be done, but it would be tricky. Essentially, it's the same as landing on the ground, or an aircraft carrier at sea, or a flatbed truck on a highway. As long as the pilot can synchonize speed and altitude properly, and compensate for any wake turbulence, there won't be a problem.
That's a LOT of tricky ifs. No wonder we have to call you Danger.
 
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turbo-1 said:
That's a LOT of tricky ifs. No wonder we have to call you Danger.
Hence my signature... :wink:
 
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1. Can airplanes land over each other while in flight?

No, this is not possible. Airplanes follow specific air traffic control protocols and have designated flight paths to ensure safe operations. Landing over another airplane would violate these protocols and pose a significant safety risk.

2. Are there any instances where an airplane landed over another one?

No, there are no recorded instances of an airplane successfully landing over another one while both were in flight. As mentioned, this would go against established air traffic control procedures and is not considered a safe practice.

3. What would happen if an airplane attempted to land over another one?

If an airplane attempted to land over another one, it would likely result in a collision. This could cause significant damage to both airplanes and put the lives of passengers and crew at risk.

4. Is it possible for air traffic control to allow an airplane to land over another one?

No, air traffic control does not have the authority to allow an airplane to land over another one. Their primary responsibility is to maintain the safe and efficient flow of air traffic, and allowing such a maneuver would go against this responsibility.

5. Are there any technologies or systems in place to prevent airplanes from landing over each other?

Yes, there are several technologies and systems in place to prevent airplanes from landing over each other. These include air traffic control protocols, radar systems, and collision avoidance systems on airplanes. Additionally, pilots are trained to follow specific procedures to maintain safe distances between airplanes.

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