Suppose you are flying an aircraft with retractable gear and have to make an emergency landing on that big "flat" stretch of grass up ahead and have only one shot at it, what's better, do it with wheels down or up.
Obviously, if the ground is flat enough, wheels down may be great and may even let you recover your aircraft basically undamaged. However, hitting a rut or other obstacle with the gear could have some rather unfortunate consequences.
That left me wondering which is better, dropping the gear and hoping for the best, or a controlled belly landing. (Also hoping for the best!)
I also wonder what, if any, instruction is given on this situation during flight training.