I heard about this awhile back, but didn’t know there was video until today. How Maj DeVries made it look so easy is beyond me!
And it takes brass f–king balls to glide on in, amidst all that, and stick a wheels-up belly landing as your hair dances in the breeze.
…main gun had malfunctioned, and moments later the canopy was ripped off, all the while the aircraft was cruising at 325 knots — roughly 374 miles per hour — and just 150 feet off the ground
I’ve not been able to find any information on what happened to the GAU-8 that caused it to catastrophically fail the way it did. Until the results from the formal incident investigation are made public, this account from his Wingman provides the only clue:
After firing off a few rounds from his 30mm cannon during a gun run, DeVries’ wingman, Maj. Shannon Vickers, noticed a “donut of gas” blossoming around the cockpit.