10 memorable aviation landings – in pictures

Airports are monitored more than a thousand times a minute, with 100,000 landings per day

Rolls-Royce’s Runway Doctor tweets when a plane lands safely in an aircraft. Photograph: Facebook

From Steve Fossett to Richard Branson, the aviation industry has a great record of ushering explorers into history – and sometimes pushing them back a little.

Here is a round-up of some of the most striking landings to be seen on camera.

Steve Fossett, passenger jet dives into cold waves off Bermuda. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Jim Campbell and Steve Fossett, Nereus, 2010. Photograph: Flynet UK/Rex Features

John Mahoney and Jim Campbell, Nereus, 2010. Photograph: Flynet UK/Rex Features

Justin Green and Big Red, Cessna 172, 2011. Photograph: Flynet UK/Rex Features

Eric Bana and Aengus James, Iona, 2012. Photograph: Flynet UK/Rex Features

Wolfgang Stockinger and Axel Weber, Iona, 2012. Photograph: Flynet UK/Rex Features

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