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FRIDAY FOTO (December 7, 2018)

Narrow Margin.

FRI FO 12-7-2018 Hornets Elevator

(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant G. Grady)

If you ever wondered how they get Navy fighter jets to and from an aircraft carrier flight deck, this is how they do it — carefully.¬† Note the roiled waters below indicate the flat top is in motion during this everyday — but still hazardous — operation.

We assume these two F/A-18E Super Hornets are on their way up to the flight deck from the hangar deck since the accompanying caption supplied by the Navy said the sailors were guiding the 24-ton (when fully-loaded) multi-role fighters onto an aircraft elevator.

To get a sense of how quickly these elevators move, check out this short YouTube video from a carrier (USS Abraham Lincoln) tied up in port. To see the process for loading, securing and raising aircraft — while at sea — click here.

This FRIDAY FOTO was taken December 3, 2018 aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Indian Ocean.

December 7, 2018 at 12:33 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (February 16, 2018)

Carrier Deck Dance.

FRIFO 2-16-2018 Carrier deck dance

(U. S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kaysee Lohmann)

Sailors signal an F/A-18E Super Hornet to launch from the flight deck of the USS Harry S. Truman in the Atlantic Ocean on February 7, 2018.

For the curious or uninitiated, each crewman has a different task on a carrier flight deck, depending on the color of their jacket. Click here to see what the different color jackets  mean. As for the precision dance team pose, there are all sorts of signals between deck crewmen and pilots on the incredibly noisy carrier deck. Click here to see an amazing video.

February 16, 2018 at 12:36 am Leave a comment


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