Pilot Lands A-10 Without Landing Gear or Canopy

There’s no argument the USAF’s A-10 Warthog (or the Thunderbolt II) is a plane that can take a licking and keep on ticking, proving time and time again it’s the “most survivable plane ever built”.

Its nickname is also the “flying bathtub”, which comes from the thick titanium encasement around the famous Gatling gun, and where the pilot sits. This construction is what allowed Capt. Brett DeVries of the Michigan Air National Guard’s 107th Fighter Squadron to make his dramatic landing.

During a routine training mission at Grayling Air Gunnery Range, DeVries fired his A-10’s 30mm GAU-8/A Avenger cannon during a  strafing run. It was then his wingman Maj. Shannon Vickers reported seeing what he described as a “doughnut of gas” around the cockpit. A moment later, the A-10’s cannon malfunctioned, causing the canopy to separate.

Due to its location just in front of the cannon, the A-10s landing gear failed to operate. The plane’s primary and backup radios were also failing to work, and it was unknown if the pilot’s ejection system was also operational. Out of options, DeVries decided to attempt a wheels-up belly landing–trusting in that “bathtub” of titanium to protect him.

After making a flat and slow descent, Devries made a smooth landing and walked away from the plane, uninjured.

Despite the damage to the plane (shown above), the A-10 was judged repairable, and will be back in the air soon.

Watch the video below for another account of a battle-damaged A-10 landing safely and let us know what you think in the comments!



Want to make awesome gains?

Or maybe just kick up your established training program a notch or three?

Join the SEALGrinderPT 6-Month Training program. It’s a complete mental and physical training program, which can easily be completed at a home gym, CrossFit Box, regular gym, school or college training facility.

The program targets cardio, strength, endurance, stamina, durability–and more. CLICK HERE to join and get going!



QUESTION: Hi. I’ve been following your workouts for a few months now and I’m already seeing awesome gains. More in a couple months than my last couple years at the gym, even with weight lifting. But these workouts you give are also lots harder and I’m feeling tired all the time. I’m taking rest days, but maybe not enough? Do you have some ideas for me to make sure I’m doing things right?

ANSWER: Check out this article, 7 Tips for Recovering from Hard Workouts. Also make sure you’re not overtraining. This can happen even with rest days. Also make sure you’re getting good nutrition.

Question: I really like working out but some days I’m really tired of what I’m doing even though I try to have different things to do. But some days I don’t have any motivation because I’m bored. Got any ways I can stay on track with your workouts but maybe add more variety to what I’m already doing?

Answer: Yes; check out this article, Breaking the Monotony of Training. You can do what I list in there by themselves, or in combinations. Also check out this article, Achieving Your Training Goals.




Need more protein? Try our favorite supplement—Ascent Protein.

It packs 25g of protein in each serving, mixes well with water. If you have a blender, try making your shake with milk, a few ice cubes and some fresh mint. Ascent is available in both whey and casein. Both are certified gluten-free.





A-10 Pilot Attacks Enemy Forces in Afghanistan to Rescue 90 Coalition Troops

Failed out of BUDS? WTF!?!
A Salute to Our Wildland Firefighters
The Military Gets Its Steve McQueen with Stealth Motorcycle

Seal Fit Stack

SGPT Upcoming Events

Personal Online Coaching

Work 1-on-1
with SEAL Grinder's Brad McLeod
To Achieve Your Goals

pic of brad

Personal fitness training from Brad McLeod, Navy Seal and CrossFit Level 1 instructor. Delivered online, directly to you.

"I recommend Brad to anyone that seriously wants to go to BUDs or anything else in life... try these workouts. Hooyah!" - Chris H.

learn more button