PBS: Carrier - Landing on a Pitching Deck Pt. 1

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Shared June 15, 2008

From the PBS documentary series "Carrier" - Rites of Passage.

Navy pilots landing aboard the USS Nimitz during rough seas in the Pacific.

John Palmer

As a retired navy attack (a6) pilot, we used to say this is when you earn your flight pay and bragging rights - night carrier landings in bad weather... true pucker factor!

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Adam Smith

0:45 that pilot is the same one that saw the tic-tac UFO!

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0:46 Is that Commander David Fravor? The guy who chased the UFO in the infamous "tic tac UFO" footage??? Looks like a younger him.

edit: it is him. Cool.

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2:40 Thats Vincent "Jell-O" Aiello! Host of 'The Fighter Pilot Podcast'!

1 year ago (edited) | [YT] | 52


No tic tacs were harmed in the filming of this video

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Bill Sears

Been there, done that - Naval aviaitor 1965 -1985

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One of the first cruises I did when I joined the Roosevelt CVN-71 was a north Atlantic up north of Germany in the Barents Sea. I got my Bluenose card (a tradition when you cross the arctic circle) and we did flight ops there as well. It was just nuts. 30 foot waves, 40 knot wind, 10° weather...those pilots were working their asses off. So were the deck hands. I went up to the crows nest (an observation deck on the island) and watched in fascination at night. They did it all night long, never lost a plane or had a divert. The number three cable is the target, but in those conditions, all four had equal value. Just hook one of the damn things!

1 year ago | [YT] | 54


got to like the CO and clear he did not want his planes flying when it was only for training i like how he took the place of one of his new guys to fly the tanker himself that a real leader

6 years ago | [YT] | 11

Dave Hanson

A normal "trap" can be a real S.O.B.....but during this type of "sea state", you increase the "pucker factor" by 100.... Forget trying to catch the 3 wire.... Hell, you're just glad to trap at all.....

2 months ago | [YT] | 10


AWESOME! I wonder where those pilots put their balls during things like that? It would definitely put the aircraft CG out of balance!

5 years ago | [YT] | 15

Robert L. Fallin

Say a prayer for those who are standing the watch.


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The Eagle

3:20 RIP Tomcat 😲😲😲😲😲

1 year ago | [YT] | 12


Sweet. Thx for the clip, the natural sound and the 3-wire.

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Da Wae

all my respect is to these pilots that have to pull that off or crash... <3

5 years ago | [YT] | 18


Landing on an aircraft carrier deck sure is challenging...doing it in rough seas and at night? That takes some serious, brass cojones.

2 months ago | [YT] | 14

Cris LeRose

The redhead looks and sounds like Reba McEntire...

1 month ago | [YT] | 3


I remember some sketchy days and nights recovering aircraft when were flying A7e Corsair 2 in the pacific during typhoons waves on the kitty Hawk world cruise and on the Nimitz west pacs . Great times while serving out country!

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This old Army guy finds this stuff fascinating.I also find that red headed Ensign fascinating.Anyone have her phone number?

3 years ago | [YT] | 20

Saiah smeth

Suddenly I realize that was Vincent Aiello and David fravor

2 months ago | [YT] | 1

Terry Hobbs

These planes are so powerful so they can carry the nuts of these pilots. My hat is off to you guys. You are the best we have.

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