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

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What is the 0-60mph time of an aircraft carrier catapult?

Tesla's new Roadster is giving a 0-60mph time of 1.9 seconds. Truly ludicrous acceleration. I was wondering how a fighter jet released from a steam catapult compares.
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What is the three-light indicator on carrier-borne airplanes?

(YouTube) The above three-light forward facing indicator can be seen on most (all?) nose landing gears of carrier-borne aircraft. What is it called? I suspect it relays the angle-of-attack / E-...
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How does a pilot aim for an aircraft carrier?

This answer suggests the FPV is aimed ahead of the ship. But it doesn't make sense. (Picture from linked answer.) A runway running away at 25 knots, is the same as a stationary runway plus 25 knots ...
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Aircraft Carrier Launches: ABE Checks and Signals

Somehow I got hooked on videos of aircraft carrier flight deck operations, and have been binge-watching over the last couple of days. (Glad it's a long weekend...) I've been able to understand many ...
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Where can I find more information about that glass board in old aircraft carrier operations centers?

When I was a kid, I used to read this comics about aircraft pilots in the 50's, and in the operations center of their aircraft carrier, they had operators using markers on a glass wall to keep track ...
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Are there differences between the runway lighting on a land runway and on an aircraft carrier?

How are the lights on aircraft carriers placed and are there differences to the color/position/number of lights at normal airports?
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What happens during a carrier take off?

Watching videos of jets taking off from a carrier, it appears the pilot is holding a hand grip as the jet is catapulted along the deck; then there is 'jerk' type motion as the jet leaves the deck with ...
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Straight vs. angled aircraft carrier decks: tradeoffs for rolling takeoff?

I have some questions about modern aircraft carriers and the tradeoffs they make when choosing between straight or angled runways when used with modern jet aircraft for rolling takeoffs. This ...
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What is the typical sink rate during a well-executed carrier landing at the moment the main wheels touch the deck?

What is the typical sink rate during a well-executed carrier landing at the moment the main wheels touch the deck? And how has this changed over the decades?
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Do carrier-borne aircraft pilots count the seconds on the downwind leg of the carrier?

On carrier landing, someone tells me that the pilots need to count several seconds on abeam leg of the landing pattern, in order to land precisely on the flight deck. Is that true? What do we call for ...
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How big was the F-14 fleet compared to other US carrier-based aircraft in 1981?

Back in the 80's I was away jesting about the F-14 are here to protect the carriers and the carriers to deploy F-14. I know there are a number of other aircraft here for other purposes but I really ...
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How fast were propeller planes during landing on aircraft carriers during WW2?

I have seen reports of up to 90mph but that seems high?
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Was a point system implemented to train pilots to land on aircraft carriers?

A long while ago a friend of mine told me that early in the history of aircraft carriers, a lot of planes and pilots were lost due to the increased difficulties of landing planes on a moving runway. ...
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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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Carrier VTOL takeoff or not?

In this picture, shown in a recent news article, a "shooter" seems to be giving a "go forward" command to what I believe is a Lockheed-Martin F-35 aircraft already prepped in a VTOL configuration. But ...
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Why does the US Marine Corps fly the Harrier, a VTOL or operationally STOVL aircraft?

The UK flies the Harrier because they have STOBAR carriers, but why does the United States Marine Corps fly the Harrier?
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Why, on carrier landings, does the Flight Path Marker (FPM) seem to be placed near to the end of the runway?

On most military aircraft landings, the FPM seems to be usually lined up with the start of the runway, either around the numbers or the aiming point, I would asume this to be the same on carriers for ...
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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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Could a P-3 Orion fly off a carrier?

The C-130 has proven itself eminently capable of landing on a carrier. When the S-2 Viking was retired, the Navy didn't really have a good replacement for anti-submarine ops - but anti-sub warfare ...
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What are the differences between FCLP markings and equipment and the LA on a ship?

Most Naval and Marine Corps Air Stations have these markings on at least one or more of their runways: It’s a Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) area and used to maintain proficiency amongst ...
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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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In the old days, why didn't aircraft use simpler systems to land on a Carrier?

In the old days (during and before WW2), Carriers used arresting wires to help aircraft land. In fact this is still used today for jet-based carriers, but I want to ask about the old days with piston-...
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Are afterburners required to be engaged during catapult launch?

Is it required to engage afterburners during catapult launches from an aircraft carrier? This answer mentions that afterburners are used for night takeoffs as per regulations, but not required during ...
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How much extra weight is added by strengthening a piston-prop fighter for carrier landings?

To land on a carrier, an aircraft must be strong enough to withstand sudden deceleration by the tail hook catching the arresting wire. I think it also requires strengthening the undercarriage to ...
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How do I calculate the required heading for an aircraft carrier with an angled deck to sail into the wind?

The natural wind is from 360 degrees at 10 knots. The desired relative wind down the angled deck is 10 degrees left of the ship’s heading at 30 knots. What heading and speed must the carrier go?
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Is is possible to have an aircraft launched from a submarine or directly from under the water? [duplicate]

There are actually small UAV launched by submerged submarines and projects around submersible aircraft, I'm interested in a view of the current state of launching aircraft from submarines. Does ...
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What was this helicopter photographed on a Chinese aircraft carrier?

I've read this twit Chinese carrier got photographed by a satellite. On the nose you can find a helicopter and several people around it. What helicopter is that?
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How are carrier landings graded?

I'm an aspiring naval aviator (preferably a Hornet or an F-35) and a DCS player. Here's a question for any former navy aviators or LSOs. What would get you a good or bad landing grade on the carrier? ...
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Why don't aircraft carriers have multiple sets of arresting wires?

On this answer to this question regarding the merits of angled flightdecks on aircraft carriers, @JanHudec makes this interesting observation: You don't really have "two flight decks". The ...
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Why do some aircraft carriers have an upward starting runway? [duplicate]

I noticed that some aircraft carriers have an upward starting runway while others don't. What's the reason for this? What are the advantages of both designs and how come not one of them has prevailed ...
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Why are there so few carrier capable delta wing aircraft?

When looking through various carrier aircraft, I noticed that there seemed to be very few with delta wings. While initially chalking this up to higher stall speeds necessitating higher approach speeds ...
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What does a ski jump takeoff feel like?

Some aircraft takeoff from aircraft carriers using a ski jump. What does it feel like to takeoff this way? Does it feel like an alpine ski jump? How does the feeling compare to catapult takeoff?
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What's the meaning of "the break is a level" in a recovery operation of an aircraft carrier?

The break is a level, 180° turn made at 800 feet (240 m), descending to 600 feet (180 m) when established downwind. Landing gear/flaps are lowered, and landing checks are completed. (source: wikimili....
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Why did Japanese aircraft carriers in WW2 carry both high and normal octane aviation fuels?

According to Parshall & Tully's Shattered Sword, the four Japanese aircraft carriers lost at the Battle of Midway (1942) carried both high and normal octane aviation fuel. Does anyone here know ...
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Is it possible to land a 737 on an aircraft carrier? [duplicate]

I have seen a flight simulator (X-Plane 11) video of landing a 737 on an aircraft carrier (and stopped). Is it possible to land a 737 in real life? What is the biggest aircraft that it is possible to ...
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How do aircraft land and take off on an aircraft carrier? [duplicate]

The average aircraft carrier length is 1000 feet, and the runway for a really small airport is around a mile long. How do they take off and land?

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