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Launch ‘Em: Carrier Suitability Branch project manager at NAS Pax River explains What Every Pilot Catapulting Off the Carrier Needs

Launch ‘Em: Carrier Suitability Branch project manager at NAS Pax River explains What Every Pilot Catapulting Off the Carrier Needs

The last thing a Navy pilot launching from an aircraft carrier wants is that sinking feeling as the jet descends… Read More

5 months ago

Naval Aviator explains why the F/A-18 has its rudders deflected inward during cat shot

The F/A-18 The F/A-18 Hornet became the US’ first all-weather fighter and attack aircraft, and was designed for traditional strike… Read More

8 months ago

Former Naval Aviator explains why Green Shirts show pilots the gross weight of their aircraft on the catapult before every launch

‘Usually, the planned or estimated gross weight before taxiing will be written in chalk on the aircraft’s nose-gear door,’ John… Read More

2 years ago

US Navy F/A-18 pilot explains why Hornet drivers have to keep their right hand up off the controls during cat launch

‘The Hornet doesn’t like foreplay. You can take the stick once it’s off the deck and flying away, but not… Read More

2 years ago

The story of “Bridle Catchers,” the extensions at the front of an aircraft carrier (that have now disappeared)

Older aircraft did not have a launch bar integrated in the nose gear; instead, a wire rope called a catapult… Read More

2 years ago

RARE PHOTO SHOWS AN F-14A TOMCAT TAKING OFF FROM A SKI-JUMP

The F-14 flew 28 times from a ski jump but never achieved maximum take-off capability because of single-engine operating concerns… Read More

7 years ago