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CARRIER LANDING TERROR!
http://www.angelfire.com/ak2/intelligencerreport/carrier1.html ^

Posted on 02/21/2012 12:52:03 PM PST by navysealdad

This is very unnerving, landing with deck pitching 30 feet, at night, low on fuel. Incredible. You will never forget viewing this. I have seen a lot of aviation videos but the two videos below are undoubtedly the best. Turn on your sound. I guarantee this will definitely hold your attention.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: carrier; navair; navalpilots; navy

1 posted on 02/21/2012 12:52:10 PM PST by navysealdad
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To: navysealdad

index for later


2 posted on 02/21/2012 12:59:30 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: All

thanks for this


3 posted on 02/21/2012 1:00:03 PM PST by Maverick68
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To: navysealdad

bump for later.


4 posted on 02/21/2012 1:01:24 PM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: navysealdad

another bump for later


5 posted on 02/21/2012 1:02:58 PM PST by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: navysealdad

It is not at all uncommon to see the deck pitching like that during flight-ops.

I will say that when the pilots walked by after night ops on the way to the Ready Room, the pits, crotch and backs of their flight suits would be dark with perspiration, and as they carried their helmets, their hair was usually dark, wet, and plastered to their skulls.

It sure impressed on me how difficult it must be.


6 posted on 02/21/2012 1:04:37 PM PST by rlmorel ("A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." Winston Churchill)
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To: navysealdad

for later


7 posted on 02/21/2012 1:10:34 PM PST by stylin19a (time to Obamanos)
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To: navysealdad

for later


8 posted on 02/21/2012 1:11:08 PM PST by stylin19a (time to Obamanos)
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To: rlmorel

Little in this world can be as harrowing as landing on a pitching, rolling carrier deck at night.


9 posted on 02/21/2012 1:18:47 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: editor-surveyor

I would agree. I haven’t done it in a jet like that, but I have been a passenger in a CG helocopter landing on a severely rolling and pitching flight deck. After 25 or so years now, there are parts of me only now becoming un-puckered. :-)


10 posted on 02/21/2012 1:28:05 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: editor-surveyor

“Little in this world can be as harrowing as landing on a pitching, rolling carrier deck at night.”

Watching the evening news comes pretty close anymore.


11 posted on 02/21/2012 1:28:36 PM PST by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: navysealdad

“A night carrier landing is a cross between an orgasm and a train wreck.”

-Anonymous


12 posted on 02/21/2012 1:30:25 PM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: navysealdad

WOW! It’s great to be reminded that they’re still THE BEST. And DUMBO wants to scap 50%? IDIOT COMMIE!)


13 posted on 02/21/2012 1:56:56 PM PST by WellyP (REAL)
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To: navysealdad

Thanks.


14 posted on 02/21/2012 2:04:33 PM PST by Jacquerie (Two hundred ninety seven USS Forrestal landings.)
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To: navysealdad

For later, but I’ll say, Wow! for then.


15 posted on 02/21/2012 2:06:48 PM PST by Lando Lincoln (But that's just me.)
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To: HOYA97

Ping for later


16 posted on 02/21/2012 2:24:36 PM PST by HOYA97 (twitter @hoya97)
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Later


17 posted on 02/21/2012 2:24:54 PM PST by rustyncrusty (Where liberty dwells, there is my country. - Ben Franklin)
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18 posted on 02/21/2012 2:34:56 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: editor-surveyor

Especially if you are low on fuel with no available divert.

Pucker factor, indeed.


19 posted on 02/21/2012 2:41:21 PM PST by rlmorel ("A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." Winston Churchill)
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To: editor-surveyor

When I was going through Pensacola they told us that measured stress levels during night carrier ops were higher than measured stress levels in combat.

Thankfully, I went helos and never had a night carrier landing. However, making a 45 degree approach to the back of an LPD underway was an exercise in suppressing mental/visual dissonance.

And night, confined area, no-hover landings or night confined area sling loads will sure wring it out of you.


20 posted on 02/21/2012 2:48:54 PM PST by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: rlmorel

THey will send up another plane with external tanks and refuel.

The problem is then they have another one to get down.


21 posted on 02/21/2012 2:55:53 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: editor-surveyor
Add in an LSO crew that insists that the meatball is keeping up with the deck movement when it isn't and your pucker factor goes way up.

The ship I was on had two gyros, one digital and one analog. What nobody seemed to know was when the boat turned on it's jammer it robbed the digital gyro from the meatball, which then reverted to the analog gyro. That analog gyro couldn't keep up with the average wave motion of a bath tub. We had a really bad recovery one night and then somebody figured it out.

22 posted on 02/21/2012 2:58:21 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: navysealdad

FlyNavy.

God bless them, every one.
Tatt


23 posted on 02/21/2012 3:22:15 PM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: navysealdad

Thanks for posting. Absolutely incredible!


24 posted on 02/21/2012 3:26:30 PM PST by houeto (Mitt Romney - A Whiter Shade of FAIL)
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To: navysealdad
Wow! Thank you for that post.

God bless 'em all, those kids.

25 posted on 02/21/2012 3:29:29 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Taxman
Ping SG! Thinking of you.


26 posted on 02/21/2012 3:33:43 PM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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27 posted on 02/21/2012 3:37:03 PM PST by magslinger (Who cares if they are"electable" if they are going to govern like Democrats? -noprogs)
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To: magslinger

ping


28 posted on 02/21/2012 3:38:03 PM PST by Vroomfondel
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To: Secret Agent Man

Not all the time.


29 posted on 02/21/2012 3:42:28 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: navysealdad
Thanks for posting.

During the Vietnam war, they fitted a Navy pilot going "Downtown" Hanoi with a heart monitor. His heart rate went up when he was launched. Once in the air, his rate went down. It increased again when he went feet dry. His heart rate went higher still when he reached the SAM belt. His heart rate decreased when he egressed the SAM belt. It went lower still when he went feet wet. It then climbed to a rate higher than it been during the flight when he was in final for a night recovery on a pitching deck.

30 posted on 02/21/2012 3:51:06 PM PST by magslinger (Who cares if they are"electable" if they are going to govern like Democrats? -noprogs)
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To: rlmorel

I will say that when the pilots walked by after night ops on the way to the Ready Room, the pits, crotch and backs of their flight suits would be dark with perspiration, and as they carried their helmets, their hair was usually dark, wet, and plastered to their skulls.
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Wet diaper awards where not uncommon with very little or no onus attached.


31 posted on 02/21/2012 4:02:33 PM PST by W. W. SMITH (Obama is Romney lite)
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To: navysealdad

Good videos. Now imagine you were back in the year 1821 and suddenly you were catapulted 191 years into the future onto a working U.S. aircraft carrier. I should think you would be most amazed observing flight operations on a modern carrier from the perspective of having lived in the year 1821. Now imagine going back to 1821 and trying to tell everybody what you just saw. No doubt you would be cast into an insane asylum.


32 posted on 02/21/2012 4:03:24 PM PST by SamAdams76 (Rick Santorum for President - 2012)
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To: rlmorel

Especially if you are low on fuel with no available divert.

Pucker factor, indeed.
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Add to that, if you have to eject, the chances of being spotted among the white caps and spray is close to nil.

Now talk pucker factor!


33 posted on 02/21/2012 4:08:18 PM PST by W. W. SMITH (Obama is Romney lite)
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To: Vroomfondel

Every once in a while I win one.


34 posted on 02/21/2012 4:11:51 PM PST by magslinger (Who cares if they are"electable" if they are going to govern like Democrats? -noprogs)
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To: magslinger

ATC here


35 posted on 02/21/2012 4:13:30 PM PST by W. W. SMITH (Obama is Romney lite)
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To: Secret Agent Man

The problem is...if the weather is bad enough to make landing difficult, refueling can also be difficult.

I used to work on the D-704 buddy stores, and we had one come back one time where the drogue basket looked like it had been pushed inside a giant garbage disposal. It was twisted and mangled beyond recognition.

I think the plane had reached bingo fuel and had to divert to Sigonella, and they had to fly a team of people to Sigonella to replace the canopy because it was so gouged up they didn’t want to risk flying it.

Sending up another plane isn’t always the answer..:)


36 posted on 02/21/2012 4:15:25 PM PST by rlmorel ("A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." Winston Churchill)
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To: Daffynition

Thanks, sweetie!

Carrier ops are the most fun I ever had with my clothes on!

Night carrier ops were not quite that much fun, but, any landing you can walk away FRom is a good one!


37 posted on 02/21/2012 9:04:08 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Taxman
SG

The roll, pitch, heave, yaw, and sway wasn't on a flight deck ...but IIRC, night flying and single malt Scotch was involved. Clothing and instrumentation was optional. :)


38 posted on 02/21/2012 9:38:14 PM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: USNBandit

USS Saratoga, 1985, southern Med. Our aircraft were mixing it up with the Libyans over the Gulf of Sidra, no shots were fired that night, that would come later in the week. After chasing off the Libyans our pilots had to return to a dark, pitching deck in bad weather. I’m told we were at Emcon alpha and the ACLS was turned off. All of the pilots made it back on-board but an A-7 had such a hard landing that its main landing gear was bent at odd angles, it had to be dragged out of the landing area and finished the cruise in hanger bay 1 with a bullseye painted on it’s tail.

That night, the ship’s Captain, a former F-14 pilot came over the 1MC and told the crew about the day’s events. He then apologized to the ship’s chaplain for what he was about to say. He told us that when he was in pilot training a very senior aviator told him that there are three things that are best in life: 1) A good “bowel movement”. 2) A good orgasm. 3) A good night carrier landing. And if the night is dark enough, and the deck is pitching enough, you can have all three at the same time.


39 posted on 02/21/2012 9:48:14 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: Daffynition

I do believe you have captured the essence of the program!

LOL!


40 posted on 02/21/2012 10:12:51 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Taxman

Is the term *Tailhooker* still in use?


41 posted on 02/21/2012 11:18:17 PM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: SC Swamp Fox

Huh. The Top Hatters were my first squadron, back in 1967 flying A-4C Skyhawks.

TC


42 posted on 02/22/2012 2:16:52 AM PST by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: Daffynition

Why, yes. But certainly.

Once a Tailhooker, always a Tailhooker!


43 posted on 02/22/2012 6:39:07 AM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: rlmorel

Especially if you are low on fuel with no available divert.

Pucker factor, indeed
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That is definitely when your pucker factor goes into the negative range.


44 posted on 02/22/2012 4:49:19 PM PST by xrmusn ((6/98) EGOIST - A person of low taste, more interested in himself than me. A. Bierce)
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To: xrmusn
One of my favorite stories, ever.

I try to read it every Christmas Eve.

45 posted on 02/22/2012 5:09:24 PM PST by rlmorel ("A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." Winston Churchill)
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To: Taxman
Heh. Which raises the *old saw*...is it *nature* or *nurture*? :)

You don't have to answer that SG; we can leave it at rhetorical. :)


46 posted on 02/23/2012 4:17:39 PM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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