WATCH: Harrier Jet Lands on Aircraft Carrier Without Front Landing Gear

Mike Schuler
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June 27, 2014

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Now here’s something you don’t see everyday.

In June 2014, U.S. Marine Corps Captain William Mahoney found that the front landing gear on his $30 million AV-8B Harrier jet had malfunctioned upon take off from the USS Bataan.

With the nose gear up, Capt. Mahoney was forced make a vertical landing while gently (and blindly) placing the aircraft’s nose onto a small, white plastic stool, specifically built for this very task. Here’s Capt. Mahoney explaining the nerve-racking maneuver:

Begs the question though, what if it was the rear landing gear that malfunctioned?

Correction: The USS Bataan is not an aircraft carrier, it’s an amphibious assault ship. 

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