Fixing A Stuck Landing Gear From A Speeding Car
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Fixing a stuck landing gear from a speeding car while the plane is flying 8 feet above the runway at St. Augustine airport in 1985.

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Scott Gordon was flying his single-engine Turbo-Arrow airplane out of St. Augustine’s airport when one side of his landing gear failed to open.  Anxious to attempt anything that would prevent having to do a “belly landing” without landing gear, Gordon and fellow air show veteran pilot Moser had an idea about how to solve the problem.  Moser, who was on the ground, thought he’d get a flatbed truck and drive it down the runway while Gordon landed on it.  However, the truck couldn’t build up enough speed for Gordon to land on it.  Then, they came up with another idea:  While Gordon continued to circle the airport, Moser got into the fastest car he could find, his own Audi.  Moser drove down the runway at more than 90 mph while mechanic Joe Lippo stretched out of the car’s sunroof. Fellow mechanic Rhett Radford was also in the car holding on to Joe.  The 6-foot, 4-inch Joe Lippo pulled the landing gear free, and Scott Gordon was able to land safely.  Some accused Gordon and Moser of setting up the whole thing as a publicity stunt for Aero Sport Inc., but they insisted the problem was legitimate.  Photojournalist Phil Whitley captured the event on film.
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