F-111 vs. A Pelican

AN F-111 was left “shredded” and incapacitated and was forced to make a spectacular emergency landing after hitting a pelican.

The jet was flying at 900m on a test bombing raid at Evans Head, northern NSW, when a pelican struck the fiberglass nose and was sucked into an engine.

The two RAAF crew are being hailed as heroes by their colleagues for their skillful recovery and landing on April 11.

The damage, included a hole in one wing.

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