Short fields are often soft fields, meaning the airport owner can't afford -- or is not inclined -- to lengthen or pave the runway. As you approach a soft field (mud, snow, mayo ... whatever), you'll want to touch down as smoothly as possible, and at the slowest possible landing speed. To do this, you want the (_____) to support the weight of the airplane as long as practical. (Fill in the blank.)




Main gear


Nose gear



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