Reader Sven W. emailed me following yesterday's post about an airliner attempting a very hazardous cross-wind landing in Ireland. He sent the link to this video of a number of very smooth landings indeed by Airbus A330 airliners at Manchester Airport a few years ago. Obviously, wind and weather conditions have to be just about perfect to permit this degree of control and smoothness, but they're still very impressive. I can only recall experiencing a couple of landings like that in all the years I've been flying commercially.
Watch the video in full-screen mode for best results.
I wish some South African Air Force tactical transport pilots had learned to land like that . . . hitting the runway hard in a C-130 or C-160, then bouncing halfway down its length with the (rather explosive) cargo shaking and rattling against its tie-downs a few inches from your rather nervous body, is an experience I have no wish to re-live!