Airplane landings are scary, really scary!

Landing a plane in strong wind

Northrop Grumman Corporation patented a system for landing a tailless aircraft in a crosswind. The patented steering system is used to steer the nose wheel. First, the nose wheel is disengaged upon impact with the runway so that it is free to castor; and thereafter, it is engaged after a specific time period after the nose wheel impacts the runway such that the nose wheel is steerable.

Patent Information
Publication number: US7370830 B2
Patent Title: System and method for landing a tailless aircraft in a crosswind
Publication date: 13 May 2008
Filing date: 23 Jun 2005
Priority date: 23 Jun 2005
Inventors: Walter Dennis Clark
Original Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation