How to land on a carrier with a missing front wheel

Please consider donating to Behind the Black, by giving either a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, as outlined in the tip jar to the right. Your support will allow me to continue covering science and culture as I have for the past twenty years, independent and free from any outside influence.

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’.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *