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Here is a good birds eye view of what pilots see when they are landing on the deck of an Aircraft Carrier.

Most Marine pilots are required to do "Carrier Quals" as all Navy pilots are required to do.
Take note of the pilots description of the moving angle of the deck they have to land on.

1st time carrier landings.

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Thanks, Brian.

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Carrier work is dangerous for all involved.

When I lived in California, I knew a former Naval Aviator, who flew in either F-4 Phantoms or A-6 Intruders in the late 1960's. Shot up over No. Vietnam, but was able to bail out over water and picked up by search and rescue. He told me that a carrier landing was a "controlled crash" as the pilot needs enough air speed to clear the flight deck and try another attempted landing. He was medically retired as on a training mission off San Diego, aircraft had engine and electrical failures and they had to eject. But the canopy did not eject, instead his seat broke through the canopy. A physician friend married a Navy widow. Deceased husband was a carrier pilot who crashed into the fantail of the carrier during night operations somewhere off Yankee Station during Vietnam. I was a patient at the now-defunct Oak Knoll Navy Hosp. 1967-68, and often saw flight deck personnel who were injured by flight deck crashes, arresting cables breaking, fires, etc.
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Takes a special kind of person to be able to fly like that. I am thankful for all who serve.
Thanks for posting that Brian.
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Thanks Brian for the great video. I sent it to some of my friends that will enjoy it too.

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WOW That is incredible. Hats off to those that can do that. My deepest respect for all that serve. I too am a Vet.

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One of the great treats of travel is going to see military museums like the Midway in Sand Diego or the Enterprise in NYC. Both are WWII relics and much smaller than the 4.5 acre decks on modern carriers. But you still get an appreciation of how hard it must be to land on a postage stamp. I wouldn't want to try to land an ultralight on one of those decks. And when you land, you're wingtips clear parked planes by not very many feet. I read somewhere that the instant they touch down, they go to full afterburner in case they miss the arresting cables. That's some precision flying if you ask me.

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Desert Rat Tom: the carrier in NYC is the USS Intrepid. Navy scrapped Enterprise in the late 1950's. Once had an opportunity to go on board the Big E.

Navy redesigned/rebuilt USS Midway to be the first carrier to handle jets. Saw her more than a few times when she was home ported at Naval Air Station, Alameda. From what I was told, the Midway Museum is very interesting and has numerous displays, events, etc.

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It’s that difficult on a clear day, with a calm ocean. I have no idea how they do it at night with a rough sea. Clint Eastwood. “A Man’s gotta know his limitations “ I doubt I have the capabilities of landing on a carrier in a video game. That truly is, the Best of the Best. Nice video, thanks!

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When I was in the 8th grade(1962)in Camden NJ, our school bus used to drive by the Kitty Hawk as it was being built. I'd say "I bet it would be neat to be on that!" I got my wish between 1968 and 1971. I transferred by flying off the flight deck! (from the SHIP not boat!) I was in data processing in IOIC. Loved the time I served on it. It now sits retired in Bremerton Washington Naval Ship Yard.
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