Lagniappe is gone now, but his memory lives on.
Wow, talk about having a great deal of trust in your instruments.
They make it look easy, don't they?
That is hot sh*t right there.
Seems like it's less difficult than a night landing when there is no horizon at all. They do them as daily, routine business. Amazing.
Yea.. a REAL lot of trust in your instruments. If he flew a bit to the right he would have met several parked aircraft. Just a big gust of wind might have done that.Outstanding.
The engines sucking in all that sand, abrading everything. Not just the engines either.
And don't forget folks... The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot where Admiral Mitscher turned on the lights of the fleet so the fliers could find them and land at night-time, without any fancy electronics!
Here's something I'm *sure* you will enjoy -- film from a 1945 air show with US and captured enemy airplanes. They even show a "on the fly" pick-up of a glider from the ground. Enjoy! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1723870789084