A U.S. Navy F6F Hellcat makes gear-up landing on the deck of USS Essex underway in Manila Bay, Philippines, during World War 2.
Manila Philippines Date:1944, November Duration:1 min 9 sec Sound:NO SOUND
USS Essex (CV-9) underway in Manila Bay, Philippines during World War 2. F6F Hellcat of VF-9 flies past the Essex at low altitude for a gear check. Its landing gear is malfunctioning and can't be extended. The pilot is cleared to make a gear-up landing on the carrier. Next he is seen making a well-controlled touchdown near the beginning of the flight deck. Then the aircraft slides along the deck almost halfway, veering slightly to the right as it comes to a halt. It appears relatively undamaged except for a bent prop (and surely some underside damage). Deck crewmen rush to assist the pilot and bring fire extinguishers to bear on areas around the hot engine. An F4F, taking off during the emergency, veers off the side of the flight deck, but manages to continue safely. Meanwhile, deck crews continue to assist the pilot and safely secure the accident site.The pilot, apparently unhurt, is escorted as he walks away from the airplane.
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