This is how they remove crashed airplanes off an aircraft carrier deck

A cool photo of a crash crane lifting a damaged Harrier jet off the deck of the US Navy's amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge. The crash and salvage team regularly practice this kind of operations in case of an airplane crash. That crane is surprisingly huge—just look at the guy in the cabin and the airplane itself. » 7/29/14 9:05pm 7/29/14 9:05pm

Fighter jet loses front landing gear, lands vertically on padded stool

What happens when your front landing gear fails and you are flying a AV-8B Harrier that can land vertically? You ask your ship crew to place a comfy padded stool to softly put your airplane's nose down. That's exactly what happened to this Harrier on the Wasp-class USS Bataan on June 7. » 6/26/14 5:54pm 6/26/14 5:54pm