Questions tagged [aircraft-carrier]

Anything related to the operation of aircraft around carriers: landing, take-off, taxi, storage, etc.

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How does the ski shape of an aircraft carrier deck help for take off?

Why is a ski-shaped deck used on an aircraft carrier for take off? The aircraft needs a particular lift for a particular weight, how does ski assist in take off?
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What is the guy in green showing to the F/A-18E pilot before catapult launch?

In the following frames, you can see a guy in green showing a panel-like device with numbers on it to the pilot of the Super-Hornet that is about to launch from the carrier USS John C. Stennis. What ...
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Is is possible to land a midsize commercial plane on an Ford Class aircraft carrier?

I'm story-boarding a novel. I'm toying with the idea of contriving a situation in which a midsize commercial aircraft is forced to make an emergency landing on an aircraft carrier. I read here that ...
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What is the force exerted by the catapult on aircraft carriers?

On aircraft carriers there is a catapult that slingshots aircraft so that they can gain lift on the short carrier deck. I have a few related questions - the first is what is the force exerted / ...
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Is there a procedure for landing on an aircraft carrier when the tailhook fails to deploy?

When landing on aircraft carriers, a tailhook is used to snag one of the cables on the carrier deck, which slows the aircraft. When the landing gear fails to deploy I have seen it is possible to make ...
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What are the advantages of the angled flight deck layout used by some aircraft carriers? [duplicate]

I've been flying aircraft carrier approaches in a flight simulator lately and noticed that the carrier has an interesting layout. I have an image below where the landing runway is in red and the ...
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What modifications would be required to use a DHC-6-400 for Carrier Onboard Delivery work?

In the spirit of our small airplane landing on a carrier question, I decided to up the ante slightly in a couple of ways. Let us say some enterprising foreign navy has found a small flattop under ...
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What is the feasibility of converting an F-22 to carrier use?

I read that the Navy originally considered to use the ATF(Advanced Tactical Fighter) Programme aircraft (Now known as the F-22) as carrier aircraft but declined to do so when it came out. How feasible ...
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How many staff are needed to support aviation on an aircraft carrier?

An aircraft carrier is the largest type of warship and is used to transport, operate, and maintain military aircraft. The staff which support aircraft in the carrier can be divided into 2 groups. ...
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Is it easier to land planes on an aircraft carrier with a high flight deck?

The Wikipedia page for the USS Wolverine says that the low flight deck of that carrier is disadvantageous for warplane landing, but it was 70 years ago. Assuming other things (including displacement, ...
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Can carrier-based aircraft takeoff while the carrier is stationary?

Reading about aircraft carrier operation turns out that carrier operation relies a lot on catapult and carrier itself turns into wind with high rev on propellers. This generate as high wind speed as ...
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Why do planes accelerate when they touch down on a aircraft carrier [duplicate]

I was watching a plane documentary, and when the part about aircraft carriers came on, I noticed that as soon as the plane hits the aircraft carrier runways, the plane speeds up. Why is this happening?...
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Why is the landing area of an aircraft carrier angled to port side, not starboard?

On a modern aircraft carrier, the landing area is not aligned with the axis of the ship. Given this part of the ship needs to be asymmetric, why do most (if not all) angled flight decks point to the ...
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Do aircraft carriers always face into the wind?

When landing at a normal ground airport, the runway facing the compass point nearest to the heading of the wind is always operated, so that aircraft landing and taking off alway have to use the least ...
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Is landing the 'wrong way' possible on an aircraft carrier?

I wonder if the arresting wires would work the 'other' way?
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Why don't fighter jets take off vertically?

I've heard the claim repeated many times that some modern fighter jets have an installed thrust greater than their weight, so theoretically they could accelerate straight up. I've never actually ...
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Can a landing aircraft snag multiple wires when landing on an aircraft carrier?

There are 4 arresting wires on an aircraft carrier separated by about 50 feet and usually the pilot tries to snag the 3rd one but he does have the option to snag the first or second one. What ...
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Why is landing on a carrier not handled by a computer?

Landing on a carrier seems like a difficult and risky task for military pilots, especially at night when the carrier should keep low profile and is practically unlit. It seems exactly like a problem ...
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What's the name and purpose of a barrier raised behind a carrier based jet?

I saw this picture in Wikipedia with a Su-33 jet on carrier deck with some barrier raised from the deck behind the jet tail: What is this barrier for and what's the official term for it?
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Can a small plane be floated off of an aircraft carrier?

Would it be possible to float a small plane (say a Cessna 150) off of the deck of an aircraft carrier without the Cessna achieving any forward motion with respect to the aircraft carrier? If not a ...
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In case of emergency, is it possible (doable) to land a small propeller-driven aircraft on an aircraft carrier?

I was watching the Disney movie Planes with my younger brother, and one of the characters/planes perform a emergency landing on an aircraft carrier. And that got me thinking... In case of emergency, ...
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Which are the largest planes to have operated on an aircraft carrier?

In 1963, the C-130 was tested by the US Navy for air carrier operations. Have there been any other comparable or larger aircraft that have landed and taken off from the deck of an aircraft carrier? ...
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What makes it so hard to land on an aircraft carrier?

I have heard it is very difficult for a pilot to land on a carrier deck. I have read this question but it didn't really give me a sense of the challenges that pilots face. This question lent me ...
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What is the procedure for landing on an aircraft carrier?

What is the procedure for landing on an aircraft carrier? How is the checklist different from a regular landing?