Believe many aviation fans to this group of 'harrier' type fighter aircraft landing spring mattress was impressed by this Mosaic, image shows a unable to put down the landing gear of TAV - the us Marine corps
8 b 'harrier II' short takeoff/vertical landing fighter, aimed at a bunch of tied together the spring mattress of vertical landing, the final success in a piece of chicken fly a dog to jump on the spring mattress, the landing seems to be very successful.
But recently sierrahotel website, according to the details of the landing far didn't you imagine so successful.
The belly landing occurred in about ten years ago, already cannot take an examination of the specific time.
The United States Marine corps VMAT -
A TAV - 203 training squadron
8 b finished the training task, return to cherry Angle corps air station when landing gear failure occurs, all the landing gear is unable to put down.
The pilot immediately base and troubleshooting, repeat the landing gear down and external visual inspection request, but this doesn't work.
According to the emergency handling procedures, the pilot and the last choice, at this time, of course, is not the ejection escape.
He can use the spare safe nitrogen cylinder, with air conditioning driven gear down and lock, and then land safely.
But this is aviation of the veto, he worried that the use of air conditioning can only put down the main landing gear, so TAV - in the normal landing
8 b before will be badly damaged by nose into the fuselage structure, he lost due to a rare type two-seater trainer.
So head decided to keep the pilot make vertical belly landing, though this article will crush belly side and may be due to foreign bodies in engine damage, but the total is better than the structure damage, always can repair.
In order to reduce the loss, he also ordered in 'harrier' type fighter aircraft landing procedures on the shop a stack are tied together spring mattress (
Probably from the officers and soldiers dormitory)
Pilot after hearing the command was very surprised, he answers unless is ordered to him in the head directly to the radio, otherwise, they refused to do so, then head had to personally ordered.
When the fighter aircraft engines of 'pegasus' four rotating nozzle down completely, leaving more than 9 tons of thrust to the spring mattress, spring mattress immediately blown to pieces by powerful jets, metal springs, fabric and coil floating in the air, and was immediately 'harrier' fighter swallowing large air inlet.
But finally fighter vertical landing on the spring mattress, is rapidly after an engine is switched off, the pilot unscathed to climb off the plane.
The loss caused by the spring mattress landing indeed as expected and the head of the predicted, a belly full of edge destroyed, engine swallowing large pieces, but can repair.
It's very embarrassed.
More matter-of-fact manner is the machine after maintenance service again soon, it was a careless soldier in the hangar EZ - driving
Go small trailer severely hit, returned to the maintenance workshop conducted an D maintenance.
Of lessons learned, after the United States Marine corps regulation 'harrier' type fighter aircraft landing gear failure occurs, the preferred emergency lowering of landing gear with air conditioning, then consider other way, and created a more practical than spring mattress landing device.
The device in July 2014 saved another AV -
8 b, the aircraft in the amphibious assault ship HMS padan vertical landing at same landing gear failure, but the air conditioning can only put down the main landing gear, nose gear didn't move.
So assault ships out of a specially designed for this kind of situation 'landing a small bench,' against 'harrier' type in the vertical landing nose, makes the plane landed safely in the end.