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Carrier Landing During a Sandstorm

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Carrier landing during a sandstorm in the Persian Gulf in 2003. The carrier only comes into view about 6 seconds before touchdown. (www.youtube.com) 更多...

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toddbjohnes
Todd Johnes 8
I would love to see this from the carrier's perspective. Sand... more sand... FIGHTER JET!
TorstenHoff
They don't pay those guys enough.
btweston
btweston 2
I'd imagine most fighter pilots applied for the job because they get to be fighter pilots.
mattwestuk
Matt West 0
I agree, although if you listen to the current administration and DoD, they get paid too much and need a pay cut.

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BobbyJL
Bob Lane 4
Praise to the crew on the flight deck! Standing out in a sandstorm can't be fun.
bishops90
Something else I noticed for the first time not too long ago about carrier landings is that the angled landing deck means that the ship is moving in a different direction from the aircraft. It's tough enough if the ship were going directly away from you but to add that to the mix as well as the low/no vis stuation here........ crazy crazy crazy.
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 5
Lots of years ago, I knew a young guy who was in what was then known as the Naval Air Force, and flew jets off of carriers - I believe it was in the 60s. I'd never thought of it myself, but when he explained how it's exciting enough landing on an airstrip, then add to the equation a landing strip that's constantly moving away from you and you're trying to catch up to it, and then tack onto that it's moving on a diagonal he said it was quite a kick. He loved it.

Additionally, when Desert Storm came along when I was working at McDonnell Douglas in Arizona where they assembled the AH-64s, it took everyone by surprise how quickly the rotors were put out of commission from the blowing sand - it literally sand blasted the leading edges and wore them down so fast, we had trouble keeping them supplied. It boggles my wee brain to imagine how many variables enter into all phases of aviation
onceastudentpilot
yep.....that is def. a cigerette landing.
VINNYHERMAN
vin herman 2
NAVY AVIATORS ARE THE BEST
mariofer
mariofer 2
Minimums??, what minimums???
riveros98
Amazing!
guymed03
Guy Medlock 1
It's probably just as hard to drive a Carrier in the Desert, too...:-)
MACGSO
MACGSO 1
Solid brass cojones... and bigger than anybody elses!
ToddBaldwin3
That'll make you pucker up.
LynLynch1
Lyn Lynch 1
LSO, "call the ball".
Pilot, what f-ing ball"?
eandjkean
jack kean 1
you've got to have faith in the avionics and flight controls in one of those planes. Including the ACL (automatic carrier landing) functionality.
rbradbury
I know this looks all manual? Is the air speed controlled by the auto pilot? Or is this some sort of Cat 3 C approach? I'm not familiar with the military heads up display.
preacher1
preacher1 3
It may not have started out that way but it definitely turned into some form of CATIII in a hurry. All is manual as far as I know. My guess is he was inbound before it hit and probably low fuel with no where to go. If he'd had fuel, I figure he'd have waved off and went back on top and waited for it to pass. I doubt they could have gotten a tanker or helo for rescue off in that mess. My bet it was no choice. I'm guessing but it looked like he hooked the last cable. Safely down, he then had bragging rights. LOL
augerin
Dave Mathes 1
...that was nuts!....(big ones too).....
Derg
Roland Dent 1
Good test of the bowels and the balls
nicholasweber
On the ball? Which ball!
rgearity
Ray Gearity 1
Naval Aviation at it's best!
shootandfly
If it's a sand storm it also means the winds are howling. At least they don't have to make it smooth, just a controlled crash landing.
rgHangar
Talk about zero visibility.
KDSM
Tim Swift 1
Another day at the office I guess. Amazing. Thanks stuff.
canuck44
canuck44 1
One would have to ask what does this crap do to an engine. Losing power on this approach is liable to park one in the tiller flats.
dillyj
Jeff Dilly 1
Wow. Just . . . WOW!
sgbelverta
sharon bias 1
I want them flying my commercial aircraft
VINNYHERMAN
vin herman 1
Go NAVY!! BEST AVIATORS
bobhirst
As I tried to figure out what I was seeing, I was shocked at WHERE the actual deck was! Kudos!
egad
I think I would have taken my chances with the ejec button!!!

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onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell 12
as well as the ship is moving,the engines are ingesting sand, the tower is about 40 ft. to the side of the runway and the runway is short.....like really short
ifrflyer
The Island/towers are around 150 ft. tall
preacher1
preacher1 1
I guess they can call that coming into view. I'd call that CATIIIC, maybe divert, but he had no place to go. I would have to wonder about those engines ingesting all that sand.
Derg
Roland Dent 0
Agreed Wayne,,,but these guys have balls....USAF could learn a dew tricks.
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 1
They're all heroes in my opinion....even USAF lol.
btweston
btweston 3
And it's a moving target. And they're sucking sand into the engines. And there's a large building just to the right of the touchdown zone. But yeah. Totally the same...
nasdisco
Chris B 3
On the other hand, we don't take a swim if we get it wrong....
egad
Landing a jet on a carrier when it is CAVU requires more guts than an ILS to 200 and 1800 on land!!!
preacher1
preacher1 1
I don't know as I'd call that 1800'RVR but even so, I have always wondered about those spec's as you are just pretty much along for the ride anyway. At the very least, it's pucker time. LOL
PhotoFinish
PhotoFinish 1
That may be slightly generous.

But even if so, whatever little visibility is available doesn't account for all the others aggravating factors that make that a challenging landing.

These pilots earn their pay.
onceastudentpilot
a full cartoon night...lol
onceastudentpilot
"what's wrong with them?"...."I don't know they just keep smoking and saying thank you Jesus"...lol

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