How to land on a carrier with a missing front wheel

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An evening pause: With his front nose gear refusing to deploy, the pilot describes how he still safely landed his Harrier jet on an aircraft carrier.

Hat tip Phill Oltmann


  • Garry

    The front landing gear of a harrier absorbs a lot of shock when the plane lands vertically, which makes this even more impressive. I’ve seen lots of vertical landings, none of them this gentle; they usually drop pretty hard.

  • Somewhere there are some engineers who are very, very happy. And you never want to be aboard an aircraft in a situation a pilot describes as ‘interesting’.

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