Fighter jet loses front landing gear, lands vertically on padded stool

What happens when your front landing gear fails and you are flying a AV-8B Harrier that can land vertically? You ask your ship crew to place a comfy padded stool to softly put your airplane's nose down. That's exactly what happened to this Harrier on the Wasp-class USS Bataan on June 7.

Apparently, the stool is something that they have at hand at all times in case something like this happens. The pilot, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. William Mahoney, was able to execute a perfect albeit bumpy landing.


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