The U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force has some of the best pilots in the world.
Take for example, Capt. William Mahoney, who managed to land a damaged AV-8B Harrier Jet without a landing gear.
In a video from June 7, 2014, that was recently published online, Mahoney can be seen landing the plane on a special stool designed for situations where landing gears fail.
Conservative Tribune reports:
According to War History Online, the incident happened on June 7, 2014. Capt. William Mahoney had taken off from the USS Bataan when he suddenly noticed something was wrong with his landing gear. As he passed the tower of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, they confirmed his worst fears: the nose gear hadn’t deployed.
Thankfully, the ship had a specially-made stool for such emergencies. According to the Marine Times, the stool is built to the exact height of the Harrier’s nose and can support the 30,000 pound aircraft if such an emergency happens.
“So I’m at 20 feet stabilizing and I can’t see the stool. I don’t even know it’s there. I didn’t see it coming over the end of the ship. I remember looking for it, but I never saw the stool. At that point, I was just sort of along for the ride,” Mahoney said.
“I remember feeling it just hit and that’s it, but then I had to sit there for a minute and remember how to turn the jet off and shut everything off,” Mahoney said. “It was just a pretty big relief and I didn’t realize how much I was shaking until I actually got out of the aircraft.”
Mahoney went on to receive the Air Medal for this amazing landing.
See the amazing landing in the video below:
“In the world of ejection seat aircraft, it is not always the first choice to bring the airplane back after something like this and risk the pilot, but this was incredible,” Col. William Dunn said in a press release.
This is why the American military is the best on the planet. What do you think about this incredible landing? Share this story on social media and leave a comment below.