Watching this happen, you hoped for the best and prayed for the pilot involved that everything would be fine.
I spent eight years in the U.S. Air Force so I can’t say I ever had the opportunity land a jet on an aircraft carrier in the sea but I can see how it would be a high for some and legendary fear for others, especially when there was malfunctioning equipment aboard.
Did you know that there are approximately 5000 commercial airplanes in the sky at any given moment? Do you think that that’s impossible and that the sky couldn’t possibly fit that many at a time? Well, just think about the fact that beside the commercial planes carrying passengers and cargo, there are also military planes and other aircrafts crisscrossing the sky. It’s truly remarkable.
This footage shows us the rational and quick thinking of one member of the U.S. Military when he had to land a plane vertically on a padded stool. U.S. Marine Corps Capt. William Mahoney, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced) 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), AV-8B Harrier aircraft pilot, talks about his experience during a controlled landing after his front landing gear malfunctioned on his aircraft aboard the USS Bataan at sea, on June 7, 2014.
Elements of the 22nd MEU, embarked aboard Bataan, are operating in the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations to augment U.S. Crisis Response forces in the region.
After the nose gear on this AV-8B Harrier malfunctioned shortly after takeoff, Capt. William Mahoney had to execute a Vertical Landing on the top deck of the USS Bataan using a modified padded stool.
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