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F-16 Pilot Attempts Deadstick Landing...And Makes The Runway

At 13,000 feet, Captain Chris Rose felt - and heard - three loud bumps in his F-16. And then, the jet started vibrating. Severely.

At that point, Rose became a glider pilot in an aircraft with a very bad glide ratio. But Rose and his wingman quickly identified a nearby airport - Elizabeth City - that was only 7 miles away. He was able to fly the aircraft, with the help of ATC and his wingman, all the way to the pavement. And to top off the achievement, he had runway to spare. This was some impressive work by Rose, his wingman, and ATC.


How do piston aircraft pilots manage power-off landings? Find out here.


Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at colin@boldmethod.com.

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