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Fascinating video of a B-58 Hustler supersonic bomber’s emergency landing in 1961

An interesting documentary about the story of a B-58 Hustler and its landing after 14 hours in the air.

On Sept. 18, 1961 a Convair B-58 Hustler supersonic bomber of the U.S. Air Force SAC (Strategic Air Command) suffered a left main gear failure during take off for a night training mission from Carswell Air Force Base, Texas.

Debris from the landing gear tore a hole in the aft main fuel tank causing 15,000 lbs of fuel being “lit off” by the afterburners as the plane departed the runway (top image).

The damaged landing gear could not be raised (it was hanging at an angle of 45 degrees) and, what is worse, the aircraft was rapidly approaching minimum fuel condition as a consequence of the leak: with the extended landing gear, the aircraft had to refuel from a tanker at 11,000 feet and speed of 300 knots by using all four engines in afterburner mode.

The aircraft repeated the refueling with extended landing gear 8 times during the night before attempting an emergency landing, in daylight conditions, at Edwards Air Force Base (where other aircraft have performed crash landings in the past….)

As the aircraft prepared for landing a chase plane launched to assess the situation was able to confirm that only 3 of 8 wheels were still intact on the left main gear.

Eventually, the crew was able to perform a successful emergency landing after a 14-hour flight that included 8 aerial refuelings!


Awesome video shows C-5 Galaxy performing a nose gear up landing on dry lakebed

C5 Landing Nose Gear Up at Edwards AFB’s Dry Lakebed

Few days ago we posted the fascinating video of a B-1 bomber performing a nose gear up landing at Rogers Dry Lakebed, Edwards Air Force Base, in 1989.

Here’s another interesting video, dating back to May 2001.

It shows a U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy airlifter making a successful emergency landing once again at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The massive cargo was unable to extend its nose landing gear hence the crew diverted it to Rogers Dry Lake where the plane (that had departed from Travis Air Force Base) made a perfect gear up landing.

No injuries were sustained by the eight crew members and nine passengers aboard.

H/T to reader “sferrin” and Militaryphotos.net forum


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Fascinating video shows B-1B bomber crash landing on Dry Lake at Edwards AFB

Impressive footage of a B-1B “Lancer” performing a crash landing on lakebed.

The following video was recorded on Oct. 4, 1989.

It shows the successful crash landing of a “Bone” (85-0070) on the surface of Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base, where the plane was diverted after an in-flight failure to the #2 hydraulic system prevented it from lowering the nose gear.


A dry lake in the vicinity is all you need in case of emergency: the huge lakebed minimized the damage to the plane as the following image shows.

B-1 drylake

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

H/T to Militaryphotos.net forum

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