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Why don't commercial aircraft use tail hook technology?

Because passengers really don't like enduring that kind of deceleration on landing. Scares them. Injures them. And if Junior is playing with his seatbelt latch at the wrong moment, there's a real risk ...
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Can an F-16 land on an aircraft carrier, at all?

The hook is for emergency use at airports that have Runway Arrestor Systems. Lots of non-naval fighters have arrestor hooks for that purpose. Now, there is nothing stopping someone from landing an F-...
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Can an F-16 land on an aircraft carrier, at all?

No, the F-16 cannot "carrier land", even with the tail hook. The Air Force jets (aside from any that are shared with the Navy) have tail hooks only for emergency purposes during landing, or securing ...
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Can an F-16 land on an aircraft carrier, at all?

Yes the F-16 would be able to land on a carrier however it would most likely break/damage the landing gear and other components because it's not built for it. I am only assuming this, but I believe ...
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What is done to prevent the tail hook from bouncing off the carrier deck?

The tailhook assembly on a modern carrier or terrestrial fighter has a hydraulic damping assembly which forces the hook to stay extended and dampens the impact of the hook into the runway or flight ...
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Can an F-16 land on an aircraft carrier, at all?

Something not yet mentioned is that the vertical speed typical of carrier operations is way higher than that for typical F-16 (or any non-naval type) landings. The landing gear of the F-16 is not ...
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Why don't commercial aircraft use tail hook technology?

Weight and cost. A tailhook landing puts a great deal of stress on an airframe, airplane structures would have to be reinforced along the frame to distribute the force across it and hold together. ...
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Why don't commercial aircraft use tail hook technology?

In addition, to withstand carrier landings, planes with tail hooks have to be very stoutly constructed. This reduces their useful payload, something that commercial carriers want to avoid.
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Why don't commercial aircraft use tail hook technology?

I don't know if you've seen videos of aircraft carrier landings, but: 1) They have to slam the aircraft into the ground to guarantee the hook will connect. The G forces from this and the subsequent ...
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Can an F-16 land on an aircraft carrier, at all?

During wartime or any emergency; if the F-16 found itself over an ocean and needed to land, and there was a friendly carrier nearby. Could it be done? I'd say yes, using the barricade, one time ...
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Can an F-16 land on an aircraft carrier, at all?

A: the emergency hook on an F-16 is not meant for full speed carrier arrested landings. it' is meant to catch an airfield Arrestor wire after a landing and roll down the runway in event of brake ...
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