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3D Virtual Training for U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Flight Deck Crews
“Having a simulator that allows us to tie the full flight deck team with all the key decision-makers, supervisors, catapult crew and watch stations together—and train in a virtual environment—is just fantastic,” Cmdr. Mehdi Akacem, USS Gerald R. Ford Air Boss One of the most dangerous environments in the U.S. Navy is the...
The story behind this famous F7U Cutlass ramp strike
F7U pilots told LCDR Jay Alkire that he should have to use the afterburner in case of a wave-off, but he replied: "I don't need afterburner. I never taken a wave-off in my life." The famous video in this post shows U.S. Navy Vought F7U-3 Cutlass (BuNo 129595) from VF-124 Stingrays suffering ramp strike on landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS...
LSO remotely takes over F/A-18 thanks to ATARI - no, not the iconic gaming system from the 80s
ATARI technology gives LSOs the ability to take over and maneuver aircraft during recovery operations For the first time, a landing signals officer (LSO) was able to remotely take over a F/A-18 on the glide path and bring it aboard an aircraft carrier for a touch-and-go. The technology, dubbed aircraft terminal approach remote inceptor (ATARI), was tested out at sea on...
U.S. Navy LSO explains how the U-2 intelligence plane operated on the deck of an aircraft carrier
"From the LSO perspective, the problem was that the U-2 was a glider with an engine. It did not want to stop flying," Lonny 'Eagle' McClung, former U.S. Navy LSO In the early 1950s, because of the poor quality of intelligence estimates on Soviet strategic capabilities, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Lockheed Corporation jointly developed a high-altitude single-engine reconnaissance aircraft called...
C-130 aboard: how the Hercules became the biggest aircraft to land on an aircraft carrier
Although the testing set an unbreakable record for the largest and heaviest plane to land on a ship, the C-130 was considered too risky for routine COD operations USS Forrestal (CV-59) made history on Oct. 30, 1963 when LT James H. Flatley III and his crew members, LCDR "Smokey" Stovall and Aviation Machinist's Mate (Jet) 1st Class Ed Brennan, of...

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