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    And Lo' many sphincters tightened strongly that day

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    Had to been armed, but smart enough to keep the pointy end up.
    I don't recall aircraft recoveries with anything beyond ammunition. Real ordnance WWll era had little but hooks and tethers keeping them in place. Real catapult [jet] launching didn't occur until ordnance retention was ready.
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    MiG-29K takes off from ski jump aircraft carrier.


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    Ah, the only carrier that the Russians have. The Admiral Kunetsov. The first of two carriers that the Soviets built. This one has been in dry dock for a long time awaiting repairs and upgrades. The second carrier, only partially built, the Varyag was eventually sold to the Chinese as scrap, or use as a floating hotel/gambling ship. She now sports the Chinese colors and is their top of the line carrier. I recall watching this being built while I was in the Marine Corps working as an Intel guy.
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    Yes the Chinese turned it into a hotel; weirdly enough I just watched a BBC documentary last night on submarines in the Cold war and they interviewed the commander of the British nuke sub that snuck in and shadowed it out of port on it's maiden voyage in order to capture it's sonar signature. Up in the Berents Sea in the middle of the Russian Fleet under their newest carrier; about 3 meters between the top of their periscope and the keel. They showed some footage of the converted carrier/Hotel.

    IIRC didn't the Russians sell a carriers to the Indian Navy too? Maybe it was just partly completed? I know the Chinese navy has built their own copy.

    Weird factoid. On another site I frequent one blogger is a military history prof, and he was discussing the PLAN's new carrier. PLAN stands for Peoples Liberation Army Navy, since the PLA is the overarching agency for all of China's military forces. This would make Naval Pilots in the Chinese Navy members of the Peoples Liberation Army Navy Air Force...

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    Hawkeye carrier landing goes bad (snapped or missed cable?).


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    That's a scary video clip. I'd never seen it before and for a second or two I thought the aircraft was in the water. Then it reappeared climbing. I may be wrong; but it looked vaguely like some water was falling away from it as it climbed. Yikes!

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    . . . and that's why landings are conducted all FULL power, aiming for the #3 wire. Deck gear posses all the energy to full stop aircraft, set for recovery weight. Skip [bounce] the arresting hook 2 others remain. Missing them all you are still 'flying', enough airspeed to regain altitude.
    And yes, he could have gotten his feet wet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Weldon View Post
    I may be wrong; but it looked vaguely like some water was falling away from it as it climbed. Yikes!
    That was probably the crew's pee!

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