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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7196 posts, RR: 85
Posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4888 times:
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I know there are a few Navy guys on the site. Who has done this before? I've often wondered how it would be to land a F-18 on the deck of a carrier. Thoughts?

I just watched Top Gun.

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User currently offlineRC135U From United States of America, joined May 2005, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4884 times:

http://www.neptunuslex.com/

This blog is run by a Navy Captain with lots of F-18 hours. Click "Flight Deck" then under Categories click on "Sea Stories" and I'm sure you'll be well entertained. Don't let the "sea" part fool you - he's a fighter jock through and through.


User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3466 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4757 times:



Quoting FXramper (Thread starter):
I've often wondered how it would be to land a F-18 on the deck of a carrier. Thoughts?

A piece of cake really (unless something goes wrong).... especially compared to some of the other planes that land on boats.  duck  Honestly, you're just too busy to get scared and only think about what you just did... after you just did it.  relieved 

Quoting FXramper (Thread starter):
I just watched Top Gun.

The only "real" scenes in that movie were of the Big-E's flight deck during the opening credits. The got all of their shots BEFORE telling the crew why they were REALLY there.  bouncy  Everything else was staged --except most of the callsigns.  rotfl 



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User currently offlineRC135U From United States of America, joined May 2005, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4728 times:

http://www.neptunuslex.com/rhythms-the-compendium/

My apologies, but the link posted here is a more direct link for Lex's carrier aviation (particularly F-18) stories.


User currently offlineBladeLWS From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4722 times:

The Hornets can land on automatic if the pilots want to. But from what I've heard its pretty nerve racking landing on dot in the middle of the ocean, especially at night during combat ops on a darkened ship!  boggled 

User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4501 times:



Quoting BladeLWS (Reply 4):
But from what I've heard its pretty nerve racking landing on dot in the middle of the ocean, especially at night during combat ops on a darkened ship!   

By brother is a former F-18 pilot. He tells me that a carrier launch, day or night, is almost better than sex. OTOH, he says, a carrier landing at night is NOT pleasant.


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