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A-10 pilot honored for landing her Warthog without working landing gear, cockpit canopy

Rachel S. Cohen

Air Force Capt. Taylor Bye, an A10C pilot with the 75th Fighter Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., and chief of standardization and evaluation, successfully landed her Thunderbolt II with minimal damage during an in-fl
A typical training flight over Georgia last spring turned nightmarish for A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot Capt. Taylor Bye when her attack aircraft began falling apart in midair.

Juggling a malfunctioning 30mm Gatling gun, a landing gear that wouldn’t deploy and a cockpit canopy that fell off in flight, Bye managed to safely land the aircraft with minimal damage to the runway or the plane.