an aircraft landing in which the two wheels of the main landing gear and the tail or nose wheel touch the ground simultaneously.
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Origin of three-point landing
First recorded in 1925–30
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an aircraft landing in which the two main wheels and the nose or tail wheel all touch the ground simultaneously
a successful conclusion
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