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    I was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC, and we would be amazed watching the Harrier pilots doing their touch and go's putting their aircraft onto a little box spray painted on the road. I have to say that Marine is one hell of a pilot.
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    Good stick, I used to work on AV8-B's, and we had something similar happen. A bird was doing touch and goes and cut a coyote in half with an outrigger gear, it shaped the pin and the outrigger was just flopping. He hovered in for a gear up landing on the belly struts. Of course this was in Yuma and not at sea. LHA's are a different story.
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    Makes one think, how often does the landing gear fail that they have a ready made stool or saddle to land on? Hope the reliability is better than this would indicate.

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    I've only seen one gear failure, and that was because a coyote got in the way. The gear on a Harrier is pretty robust, and the QA checks pretty intense, but it's also a very complicated machine, especially compared to other aircraft, and landings on a LHA can be rough. Pulling the engine was a PITA, take the wing off deal, unhook all the puffer ducting, ect, where as an F18 was open a couple panels and and in short order drop it on the cart.


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