Air Force Pilot Awarded Flying Cross For Emergency Landing Without Wheels Or Canopy

Air Force Pilot Awarded Flying Cross For Emergency Landing Without Wheels Or Canopy


An A-10 pilot was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for safely landing an aircraft without a canopy or landing gear, according to a Thursday Air Force press release.

Maj. Brett DeVries of the Michigan Air National Guard’s 107th Fighter Squadron was presented the award on Nov.6 for safely landing an A-10 Thunderbolt II during an emergency situation in 2017, according to the press release. It was believed to be the aircraft’s first landing without the use of landing gear or a canopy in its history, according to an Air Force 2017 news release.

“The Distinguished Flying Cross is America’s oldest military aviation decoration,” Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett said, according to the press release.

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“Awarded for heroism or extraordinary achievement that is, ‘entirely distinctive, involving operations that are not routine,’ today, Maj. DeVries, you will join the ranks of some other American heroes,” Barrett continued, according to the press release.

No wheels, no canopy, no problem: A-10 pilot who pulled off daring landing receives Distinguished Flying Cross, now on @AirForceTimes https://t.co/04R6T9BvZV pic.twitter.com/LkvVHAoCQe

— Stephen Losey (@StephenLosey) November 12, 2020

DeVries landed the plane in July 2017 at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center after the

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