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.
AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3410 posts, RR: 50 Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3643 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. Honestly, you're just too busy to get scared and only think about what you just did... after you just did it.
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. Everything else was staged --except most of the callsigns.
*NO CARRIER* -- A Naval Aviator's worst nightmare!
BladeLWS From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 386 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3608 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!