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A nightmare of the worst order: the US Navy F-4 pilot who caught #1 Wire on his RIO last night carrier landing

A nightmare of the worst order: the US Navy F-4 pilot who caught #1 Wire on his RIO last night carrier landing

Roger Ball! He was the second of two children and born on 25 January 1940 in Shandon Baptist Hospital in… Read More

4 months ago

F-8 Pilot recalls a Colorful Crusader Driver Who Hit the Ramp and Ejected on His Initial Night Qual

F-8 Crusader pilot Charlie Glasscock Aviation seems to be populated with more than its share of memorable personalities, especially carrier… Read More

5 months ago

Naval Aviator recalls when an F/A-18 pilot made a night trap on a carrier having the Ball (Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System) turned off

It takes skills and nerves of ice for a US Navy pilot to land an aircraft on a carrier’s flight… Read More

6 months ago

The impossible arrested landing: the F-14 pilot who was able to land his Tomcat aboard USS Enterprise through a thunderstorm

Roger Ball! In the wake of the hard lessons of the Vietnam War, a pantheon of committed naval aviators struggled… Read More

8 months ago

Former US Navy F-8 Pilot explains why a carrier landing in the legendary Crusader was a real challenge

“Because of approach speed and scan, you had to work your ass off. But I liked the F-8 because it… Read More

1 year ago

F-14 pilot tells the story of when he landed his crippled Tomcat with the wings swept back

‘Since the wings weren’t budging, we were getting ready to have one wild landing.’ Mark Vizcarra, F-14 Tomcat pilot. Advancements… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the US Navy F/A-18 pilot that made a night trap on a carrier having the Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (AKA ball) turned off

‘I never saw the ball. I called Clara [Clara = “can’t see the Fresnel lens”] and the LSOs said ‘continue,’… Read More

3 years ago

[Video] F-14A Lands on Carrier Without Nose Gear: Tomcat pilot could not notice the no nose gear, the LSOs did not see the gear up

In the F-14 cockpit, a combination of failures resulted in a display of nose gear down. The LSOs did not… Read More

4 years ago

Landing a flying bullet: former F-14 pilot explains how he was able to land his crippled Tomcat with the wings swept back

We now had to figure out just how we’re going to land this flying dart because with the wings back,… Read More

4 years ago

The Story of how the C-130 Hercules became the biggest aircraft to land on an aircraft carrier

"The airplane stopped right opposite the captain's bridge. There was cheering and laughing. There on the side of the fuselage,… Read More

4 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago