FRIDAY FOTO Extra (August 17, 2012)
By the (Power) Book
Frankly, we just think this is a cool photo.
It shows Airman Dalvin Troublefield working on the tailhook damper on an F-15 Eagle while Airman Basic Jonathan Sanchez reads off step-by-step instructions (note the laptop, which — despite the headline — may not be an Apple product). This photo was taken at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, August 1.
Tailhook arresting hooks usually come to mind when we think of aircraft carrier landings by Naval aviators but most U.S. Air Force tactical jet aircraft have tailhooks for emergency use only. The airmen in the photo are part of the 362nd Training Squadron.