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This Video of A Day On The Deck Of An Aircraft Carrier Is About As Awesome As It Gets

Video posted by AirBoyd.
Video posted by AirBoyd.

Nothing comes close to the thrill of ops on an aircraft carrier.

The flight deck operations on an aircraft carrier require precise teamwork. The men who are flying the aircraft are in a 40,000-pound machine being catapulted forward into flight or landing on a sometimes rolling (and short) surface.

The deck crew makes the flight operations as safe as possible. It can be an adrenaline rush for all involved but it also requires keen judgment, adherence to protocol and steely nerves.

The Air Officer, the Catapult Officer, the Aircraft Handling Officer, the Aircraft Handling Officer, the Landing Signal Officer, the Arresting Gear Officer plus the aircraft directors and ordinance handlers all play key roles. Much of the communication, especially with the pilot, is through hand signals.

Written by Wendell Barnhouse

Wendell Barnhouse is a veteran journalist with over 40 years of experience as a writer and an editor. For the last 30 years, he wrote about college sports but he has had an interest and curiosity about aviation since he was in grade school.