No landing gear? No problem.
On June 7, just moments after taking off from USS Bataan, an amphibious assault ship, Marine Corps Captain William Mahoney realized the AV-8B Harrier aircraft he was flying had experienced a front landing gear malfunction.
He immediately slowed down the Harrier, flying it back above the ship at a lower altitude so an LSO (landing signal officer) could better identify the problem.
Mahoney's only option: to nail a perfect vertical landing with the nose resting on a padded stool-like support.
"The ship had this amazing invention that was, like, basically a stool, that was built specifically for this reason," Mahoney explained in a YouTube video.
As he lowered the Harrier, he realized he couldn't see what was below him. "I'm at 20 feet stabilized and I can't see the stool," he said.
He did it.
His incredible landing is now going viral.
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