This Pilot Graduated 2 Weeks Ago And Landed An F-111 On Its Belly
These two pilots took off for a routine training mission and didn’t expect something bad to happen at all. Peter Komar who was 29 years old by then just graduated 2 weeks ago and was having his first flight on an F-111 with his navigator Luke Warner. After the Takeoff, 2 pilots were informed by the ATC that one of their wheels fell off during the takeoff.
This was a major problem especially due to the fact that the young pilot had done just a few landings and his experience was not enough to face a such situation. He just graduated 2 weeks before the incident and however, they had to improvise.
Obviously, the first easy option was to eject out of the aircraft but that would have cost Royal Australian Air Force an F-111 Aardvark. Instead, the pilots were advised to drag the hook of the fighter aircraft along the ground at a speed of 250 km/h to make this a successful landing.
After the landing was successful the younger pilot said in an interview that,
“I guess the potential for things to go wrong was reasonably high.”
Check out the following video to see how did the pilots managed to achieve this dangerous landing in a successful way. The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark is a retired supersonic, medium-range, multi-role combat aircraft.