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DFC awarded after four decades of service

Believed to be the first time in the four-decade history of the A-10 that a pilot has landed with no canopy and landing gear up, the Air Force said Maj. Brett DeVries, an A-10 pilot with the Michigan Air National Guard, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on Friday for an "extraordinary" emergency landing. During a routine training flight, a gun failure caused an explosion that blew away the cockpit canopy, stripped the plane of several panels, and damaged the landing gear.… ( More...

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patrick baker 16
the airman and the airplane are tough, and now we all know what tough really means. We know what competent airmanship looks like, and we still don't know how much of an A-10 can be damaged away, how strange an abstract sculpture a warthog can assume and still be capable of flight and landing, the kind the pilot walks away from, with an amazed look on his face no doubt. And there were folks actively trying to kill the funding for this primo air weapon. Those geniuses ought to be fired yesterday....

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amacnabb -4
Fake news dude! You really ought to get informed, and watch something besides CNN...
President Trump has done more for the military than most of our previous presidents.
That's the REAL news!
Dave Mathes 3
...what planet are you on?...
dgowan -1
You mean besides calling them losers and suckers? Shame on you.
Dave Steele 2
That was completely debunked and proven a lie.

Grow up.
Obviously, you are a very knowledgeable individual.
Bob Roehrer -1
Alan, keep'll all come back up one day.
John Fahey 7
Not to detract in any way from the amazing feat of landing this aircraft with minimal damage and no loss of life, but give some credit to the A-10 as well. Engine placement high near the tail definitely helped this landing to have a better outcome. Engines hanging below the wings could have made this a whole different story. Add this story to the history of a great fighting plane.
Jim Quinn 10
Gives tremendous credit to Major DeVries,his wingman Major Vickers and the incredibly tough airframe of the A-10.
November, ..... in Michigan ..... BBBBBRRRRRRRR!
Yahoo Bonkers 1
“next to the aircraft he safely landed after a malfunction forced him to make an emergency landing July 20, 2017.” Not quite BBBBBRRRRRRRR
Ed Sherlock 5
The article said it was an “unexpected failure“ of the weapon. Hopefully, there aren’t too many “expected failures” of the gun...just thinking!
Dave Mathes 5
....yea, nothing like being sucker punched clipping along at 375mph 150 feet off the deck...solid brass...!!!
Chris Bryant 8
Not only a testament to his flying skills, but what an aircraft! I believe that type of malfunction would've torn apart the average "high-tech" fighter, and likely killed the pilot before he could even think to eject.
airuphere 8
Theyve always said you could land an A10 with one wing. Dunno why they seek to replace em. They’re crafted for their role and do the job
WhiteKnight77 2
Dave Steele 5
A-10s were built to suffer heavy battle damage, have large sections blown off or become inoperative, and still return her pilot home safely. Toughest airplane out there.
Peter McGrath 7
"The aircraft was heavily damaged but repairable, and everyone walked away largely unharmed." No wonder the military "suppliers" want this gone! It's taking away from their replacement profit base!
James Simms 4
joel wiley 8
BrrrBOOM. . . . . .
The main gear are designed to help in controlling gear-up landings. From Wikipedia: "The wheels of the main landing gear partially protrude from their nacelles when retracted, making gear-up belly landings easier to control and less damaging."
Stefan Sobol 4
No offense to the pilot, but the A-10 was specifically designed to be able to do belly landings with minimal damage. It why the main wheels stick out a bit with the gear "retracted".
Bob Roehrer 2
Just like a DC3 (wheels protrude gear retracted, on purpose)
jptq63 3
Would like someone with better knowledge to explain why not touch down on mains and let the nose down vs. the belly landing? I am guessing for the aircraft in question it would be easier to control / safely land and such decision may vary depending upon plane, conditions, etc.... I.e. recall (may be wrong) there have been several commercial passenger aircraft making landings with the nose gear out. Still, any landing you can walk away from....
Ed LaFoe 6
Not only did he walk away (a good landing), but (after repairs) the Air Force can still use the aircraft (a great landing!)
Chuck Chall 5
Without operating nose gear, eventually that nose will touch the ground and you will lose all control of direction. I'm not sure what that speed is for the A-10 but for the planes that I fly, gear-up is a better option. At least you're sliding flat, not with your nose digging into the runway.
WhiteKnight77 2
There was damage to the landing gear.
James Simms 2
Plus the possibility of the 30 mm cannon barrel catching on a concrete seam, digging in, & potentially pirouetting the aircraft onto its back. Would’ve sucked big time to make it safely on the ground then lose your life in a crazy, unexpected accident.
Jim Smirh 1
I surmise there is more info we do not know. There may have been unsafe indications with one or both main gear. The explosion may have damaged critical hydraulic systems. Etc., etc. If everything else was working, a mains only landing would be better. At least with mains available, directional control at slow speeds would still be available with differential braking.
Craig Good 2
Rule #1: Fly the airplane.
David Baldwin 2
Hey folks, this isn't the first time something like this has happened. Harry Kieling here in Alaska had a weapon malfunction, that damaged the nose wheel landing gear, and had to make a belly landing in 1991. Didn't lose his canopy though... The malfunction and landing was recorded. Here you go!
WhiteKnight77 1
Great find and they caught when the malfunction happened as well. I would venture that the actions taken by the pilot of this squawk did what he did due to the previous one.
Chris B 2
One less A10 available. We really need a replacement.
Bill Butler 11
Meaning, of course, another A-10
Bob Kamman 0
I thought the story had to do with Delayed Flight Compensation. Took me two years to collect one from Iberia, but it seemed like a decade. Half went to the British company that took them to court.


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