Monday, May 8, 2017

New Technology Is Making Landings On U.S. Aircraft Carriers More Precise

U.S. Navy via Flickr: PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2017) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 makes an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

Defense Tech
: New Carrier Landing Tech Wows Pilots on First Deployment

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH, PERSIAN GULF — After eight hours in the cockpit executing airstrikes on ISIS targets, fighter pilots assigned to this carrier are getting a little extra help as they come in for a landing.

The Norfolk, Virginia-based George H. W. Bush and the San Diego-based carrier Carl Vinson both deployed in January with air wings equipped with a developmental technology that allows them to better control lift, making landings safer and more precise.

How much more precise? So much, pilots attached to the ship told, that it’s causing their arresting cables to wear unevenly.

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WNU Editor: Not only making these landings more precise .... but (I can only assume) making them safer.

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