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Posted on 11/22/2011 11:50:13 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
Aircraft carrier pilot: One day of life
November 18, 2011
For the first time in 17 years, a young pilot took part in the exercises in the Barents Sea involving the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. An RIR correspondent was on board to talk to the naval fighter pilots.
the 25-tonne machine has to land on a 36-metre landing strip; you have to touch the strip at a certain angle and at a certain speed. Source: ITAR-TASS
My wife will give me my marching orders soon, naval pilot Stanislav Avdin says jokingly when asked about his service. I leave home at 7 a.m. and I am not back until 10 p.m. Then my body is heaved into the bath, showered and put to bed Thats it, I fall asleep instantly. This is almost the daily routine.
Captain Avdin is one of thousands of career officers who serve in Severomorsk, the capital of the Northern Fleet. In August, he landed his Su-33 fighter, unaided for the first time, on the deck of the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. No big deal, on the face of it, but in fact, at 28, he is the youngest pilot who can do this. The captain has a slight scar on his lip, the result of over-enthusiastic congratulations he got upon landing: As soon as I was out of the cockpit, by tradition they tossed me in the air and then threw me three times against the braking steel ropes on the aircraft carrier. They plopped my ass on the ropes so ferociously the whole deck shook.
This was, in a way, the climax of Captain Avdins life to date: As a boy, the very first plane model
(Excerpt) Read more at indrus.in ...
and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours..
“They plopped my ass so ferociously on the ropes” - don’t ask, don’t tell.
“They plopped my ass so ferociously on the ropes” - too many days at sea.
FYI..in the link...there's a 4 minute video...worth watching..
Touch-n-go more likely.
Aboard Kutnezsov, the only way to get into the air from a standing start is to use the ski-ramp. No catapults.
They use the sea to cushion their landings.
Then this pic was taken after the "touch"..hence no hook deployed..past the cables and the landing area..the plane is now airborne.
Touch and go, From the deck markings, it's amidships where the white landing centreline crosses the yellow takeoff guideline.
I doubt it could get off the deck in its own lenght from rest.
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It takes too much to be a pilot for a Russian navy.
Aircraft is too big, carrier is too small, a disaster is waiting to happend.
Why do they really need a carrier is another question with no answer.