Has there ever been an attempt by a civilian 'daredevil' to land a plane on a US aircraft carrier?

I came across the Red Square Landing and coupled with this video it made me wonder if there was ever a civilian who attempted - illegally, of course - to land a plane on a carrier?

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    $\begingroup$ Before landing the pilot would have to find the carrier, and to fly the distance, which could be itself a challenge. Moscow is on land. $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Nov 13, 2016 at 23:15
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    $\begingroup$ @mins: "Moscow is on land" [citation needed] $\endgroup$
    – Vikki
    Mar 24, 2019 at 0:06

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I'm not exactly sure whether this counts, but I think the landing of South Vietnamese Air Force Major Buang-Ly on USS midway using a Cessna O-1 Bird_Dog comes pretty close.

Though Major Buang-Ly was not a civilian, he has never seen a carrier before and the landing wasn't exactly illegal. It was permitted by Captain Larry Chambers during Operation Frequent Wind, who even scuttled helicopters on the deck to ensure safe landing.

The image below shows the aircraft as it comes to a stop.

USS Midway

Image from forum.worldofwarships.com


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