USAF C-17 dirt landing, Afghanistan.
This will never not be cool.
You can see how the C-17 pilot barely flares the aircraft for landing. This transfers a lot of the aircraft’s kinetic energy straight to the ground, instead of foreword. This technique, albeit uncomfortable. shortens landing distance drastically.
I’ve heard Navy pilots find themselves using this technique as well when they are stationed at land bases, but that’s because they’re used to the no-flare landing that’s required to catch an arrestor cable.
Navy pilots; they like to bang ‘em on!
MQ-9 Reaper delivery and assembly to the RAF in Afghanistan.
12Х12, V12, 1830 hp (1500+330), 27 km/h, Wheels Diameter 2,8 m, Length 32,2 m, Width 6,8 m, Height 3,45 m, Curb Weight 140 Ton, Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 360 Ton.
Personnel unload cargo from a C-5 Galaxy at Pegasus Field, an ice runway near McMurdo Station, Antarctica in 1989
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nickolas Alarcon, a loadmaster assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron, observes a drop zone from the rear of a C-130 Hercules aircraft after deploying a light payload above Yokota Air Base, Japan, during a readiness week Feb. 21, 2013. (DoD photo by Osakabe Yasuo, U.S. Air Force/Released)
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