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USS Bataan: Fighter jet loses landing gear, lands nose of plane on a stool

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The United States Marine Corps has a number of really good fighter pilots out there that know how to do their job, and do it well. There are only so many that can be called great fighter pilots though, and one of those would have to be U.S. Marine Corps Capt. William Mahoney. As shown by Gizmodo on June 26, 2014, Capt. Mahoney even knows how to land without landing gear on the USS Bataan.

Back on June 7, 2014, Capt. Mahoney had to land his AV-V8 Harrier aircraft without the use of his nose landing gear so he simply used a footstool.

Apparently, the USS Bataan was operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to help the U.S. Crisis Response forces in the region. He took off from the ship and soon realized his landing gear had a malfunction.

Capt. Mahoney then returned back toward the USS Bataan and hovered about 2,000 feet above the ship before relaying what was wrong with his jet. He lowered down to 300 feet and awaited some help and guidance in bringing the plane back down without landing gear and destroying the nose of the jet.

To do that, Capt. Mahoney simply had to land the nose of the jet...on a footstool.

Yes, it's a stool of sorts that can hold up the nose of a jet when it is being worked on or repaired. The only problem here is that the Captain had to perform a perfect vertical landing in order to have the nose land directly onto the stool.

Using the lighting system of the USS Bataan, Capt. Mahoney stabilized at 20 feet, and executed a beautifully perfect landing. The video was luckily captured and has since gone viral.

There is training that comes from the Marines, and then there is putting together pure talent and execution the likes of Capt. Mahoney.

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