F-111 made spectacular wheels-up landing

On this day, an RF-111C (A8-143) safely executed an emergency wheels-up landing at RAAF Base Amberley, south Queensland. The drama began when the aircraft lost one main wheel during take-off, forcing the pilot, Flying Officer Peter Komar from No 6 Squadron, and the navigator, Flight Lieutenant Luke Warner from No 1 Squadron, to land with the complete undercarriage retracted, after it was decided that this was the safest way of getting the bomber back on the ground again. The arrestor hook system was successfully employed to stop the aircraft amid a shower of sparks on the runway. The landing, which took place under the full glare of national publicity, was a tribute to the professional skill of the aircrew.

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