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F-111 Belly Landing!

Austrailian F-111 lost wheel on take off had to belly land on the runway. Skip to 5:40 to see it!

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  1. f451
    f451 Aug 31, 2012

    OUTSTANDING flying on the pilots part. Hey has got to have cast iron cahonies to pull that one off!

  2. 28839313
    28839313 Sep 03, 2012

    I didn't know anyone was still flying the Aardvark, as we called it. Nice job by the pilot.

  3. 29176604
    29176604 Sep 04, 2012

    This happened to one of our EF-111a's at Mt Home AFB,ID back in the late 80's when their main gear would not extend. Excellent recovery then and now. Always great to see aircrew walk away!!

  4. 20035325
    20035325 Sep 05, 2012

    I saw the nose only gear landing at Mtn Home AFB in the 1970's. They all did an outstanding job. I am surprised that they didn't foam the runway and I am surprised that they are still flying F111C's. I thought the F's were antiquated in the 70's but I believe it was the F's that President Reagan sent to Libya. I see it also happened in the 80's but I was there to witness it in the late 70's at Mtn Home AFB.

  5. 29659052
    29659052 Sep 05, 2012

    This is one of the best aircraft in the world, and it has an outstanding record in bringing crews home safely. The entire cockpit is modular and in case of an ejection emergency it is blown away from the rest of the plane to provide the crew with an armored shelter. Top that with it's supersonic capability and it truly is one of the greatest planes ever designed.

  6. 29753170
    29753170 Sep 05, 2012

    great training amd skill

  7. exmerc58
    exmerc58 Sep 05, 2012

    great job landing a great plane .

  8. blkshk
    blkshk Sep 06, 2012

    Well no one told us why the wheel assembly---fell---off ya gotta be kidding? That's a major either stress failure or somebody was smoking pot when they did a check??

  9. 28752195
    28752195 Sep 06, 2012

    I'm also confused why nobody on the ground thought of foaming the runway, both to reduce damage to the underside of the aircraft and to reduce the risk of catastrophic fire.

  10. 21457950
    21457950 Sep 06, 2012

    Perfect landing Sir! Cheers

  11. 28006386
    28006386 Sep 06, 2012

    OUTSTANDING landing especially with on foam, the pilot had it by the nads. great job men.

  12. 27892254
    27892254 Sep 06, 2012

    Awesome. Had an A-10 Warthog belly land some years back at Kelly AFB, Tx. All went well. Pilot landed safely. No Fire. CarlosV.

  13. 7th_Psyops.Gp
    7th_Psyops.Gp Sep 06, 2012

    I thought the F-111 was obsolete. Great flying skills

  14. WinterBorn
    WinterBorn Sep 09, 2012

    This happened some years ago. F111 no longer in service in the RAAF. Great landing though

  15. 29767386
    29767386 Sep 09, 2012

    That brings back some memories, great safe landing. I supported the EF-111 and F-111 at Cannon AFB, always remember the AB glowing with a full load headed to complete a mission. A close maintainer group of people supported this aircraft.

  16. Keeper_of_Horses
    Keeper_of_Horses Sep 14, 2012

    First...OUCH!!Second..nice job

  17. rick670
    rick670 Dec 01, 2012

    Always well done when everyone walks away. Other suggestions.. goam runway, off runway landing (grass strip, dump fuel before landing, stretch 1/2 inch cable between 2 jeeps across runway to catch hook... create drag, kill engines before touchdown minimize turbine damage,

  18. Corsairlarry
    Corsairlarry Dec 06, 2012

    I'm a new member .. USN WWII; USAF Post WWII.

  19. 69kram
    69kram Dec 14, 2012

    Fricken AWESOME piloting! Man i miss that jet! (Cannon, Heyford, Cannon again)

  20. JGodston
    JGodston Dec 21, 2012

    GREAT job...During my flight training in the US Air Force in 1957 I 'dead sticked' a T-bird...went on to fly B-47's and F-86H's in MassANG, and owned a Cessna 182..flew for over 55 years... THANKS for sharing your GREAT flying experience! Joel

  21. 30341573
    30341573 Feb 04, 2013

    . Why not form the runway? As a former Department of Defense fire official with extensive aircraft firefighting experience I offer the following explanations; During the late 1970s the US Navy conducted an intensive series of tests to determine if foaming had a beneficial effect for exactly this type of incident (wheels up belly in) firefighting foam (AFFF) did not prevent the ignition of any fuel caused by fuselage sparks in contact with either concrete or asphalt runways. In addition the amount of foam necessary to cover an adequate amount of runway left most fire trucks or even specialized foamer trucks empty with the necessity of servicing needed prior to the aircraft attempting to Land (refilling the fire trucks tanks with water and foam). This necessity often delayed landing attempts with usually negative results. Better to save the firefighting agents for a probable fire upon the aircraft landing or controlled crash which these types of incidents are best labeled rather than a “emergency” landing. . Why not form the runway? As a former Department of Defense fire official with extensive aircraft firefighting experience I offer the following explanations; During the late 1970s the US Navy conducted an intensive series of tests to determine if foaming had a beneficial effect for exactly this type of incident (wheels up belly in) firefighting foam (AFFF) did not prevent the ignition of any fuel caused by fuselage sparks in contact with either concrete or asphalt runways. In addition the amount of foam necessary to cover an adequate amount of runway left most fire trucks or even specialized foamer trucks empty with the necessity of servicing needed prior to the aircraft attempting to Land (refilling the fire trucks tanks with water and foam). This necessity often delayed landing attempts with usually negative results. Better to save the firefighting agents for a probable fire upon the aircraft landing or controlled crash which these types of incidents are best labeled rather than a “emergency” landing.

  22. 30341573
    30341573 Feb 04, 2013

    . Why not form the runway? As a former Department of Defense fire official with extensive aircraft firefighting experience I offer the following explanations; During the late 1970s the US Navy conducted an intensive series of tests to determine if foaming had a beneficial effect for exactly this type of incident (wheels up belly in) firefighting foam (AFFF) did not prevent the ignition of any fuel caused by fuselage sparks in contact with either concrete or asphalt runways. In addition the amount of foam necessary to cover an adequate amount of runway left most fire trucks or even specialized foamer trucks empty with the necessity of servicing needed prior to the aircraft attempting to Land (refilling the fire trucks tanks with water and foam). This necessity often delayed landing attempts with usually negative results. Better to save the firefighting agents for a probable fire upon the aircraft landing or controlled crash which these types of incidents are best labeled rather than a “emergency” landing.

  23. 30341573
    30341573 Feb 04, 2013

    My comments concerning "why not foam the runway" I apoligize for my rookie attempt at posting comments i did not intend to post twice nort repat twice in the same comment section. I have never commented before and did a sloppy job, Hopefully I'll get better. However i do hope my comments helped those who did not understand why noone foamed the runway, quite franlkly its a waste of fireighting agents wih no benefial effects on the outcome.

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