Amazing Footage Shows The Inputs On Throttle And Stick Required To Manual Land A Super Hornet On A Carrier
There are many who enlist with dreams of piloting a fighter jet. However, there are very few who are ever able to accomplish such a feat. As it turns out, extensive training needs to be done in order to make sure that the pilot is ready for any situation that might be thrown at them. This might mean something like combating enemies or, on a more regular basis, combating something like poor weather. You never know when you’re going to be up in the air and something crazy is going to fall right in your lap. Being able to handle any situation is a skill that takes time to develop.
This time, we get to see just one small slice of the pie when it comes to being able to command from behind the controls of a fighter jet. The video taken here was done during a foul weather recovery aboard the USS Enterprise. From what the video description tells us, there was a pretty big thunderstorm in the area, dumping down a lot of rain. Apparently, there was so much rain that the visual landing aid used to bring down jets on the ship was pretty useless.
So, what does one do when they can’t really see in order to land a jet? It turns out that it has to be done by instruction via radio communication. As one might imagine, this isn’t something that’s going to be any old walk in the park.
This time, we get to ride along with that process to watch the control inputs that are used in order to get an F18 Super Hornet down to the deck safely. From what we understand, the movements pictured here are a little bit more drastic than normal because of the conditions involved. That’s definitely one way to stay cool under pressure.