Marine Pilot Caught on Camera Making Emergency Landing on a Stool

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From The Aviationist:

On Jun. 7, 2014, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. William Mahoney, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), had to perform Vertical Landing on USS Bataan, after his AV-8B Harrier aircraft experienced a front landing gear malfunction. 

USS Bataan was operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to augment U.S. Crisis Response forces in the region when Mahoney took off from the amphibious assault ship.

 

The Harrier flew the approach at 300 ft so that the LSO (Landing Signal Officers) could see the landing gear and give some guidance to put the nose on a tool the ship has for this kind of issues: a sort-of stool.

 

Since there’s no way to train to land in this kind of situation, the pilot had to fly a perfect vertical landing, using the ship lighting system and the help of LSO on his first attempt.

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