Pilot lands Harrier fighter jet with no landing gear

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Published: June 30, 2014

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, 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, Capt. William Mahoney had to execute a Vertical Landing on the deck of the USS Bataan using a padded stool. Credit to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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    GETFSHN · 5 weeks ago

    You sir are an example of how the USAF, US Marines, US Navy, and US Army Pilots are trained. Great landing. U are a credit to your unit. Sonny Covin B25 Pilot.

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    DorothyShea · 3 weeks ago

    Congrats, Capt. Mahoney, on a jaw-dropping, spot-on, picture-perfect landing. Your skills, and calm wits are admirable.

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    NRHTX · 2 weeks ago

    Amazing pilot.

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    Phil_Cooper · 1 week ago

    It looked as if the "stool" was in such a position that the ground crew were probably able to lower the gear manually after that pinpoint landing and simply roll the jet off the flight deck to the elevator.