Marine Pilot Makes Miraculous Emergency Landing on a Stool And Nails It

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Here’s something you don’t see every day.

This, 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.

As Mahoney was climbing away from the deck he suddenly realized he had a gear malfunction. He immediately slowed down so not to over-speed the landing gear, returned above the ship at 2,000 feet and started talking to “Paddles” (LSO – Landing Signal Officers), a pilot in the control tower who could provide assistance by radio.

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.

Luckily, Mahoney stabilized at 20 feet and managed to land in the proper spot as shown in the video.