Does landing on Aircraft Carrier is really so difficult?

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06 Apr 2018, 8:50 am ... 514AAVM2aQ ... -difficult

I flown loot of planes sadly only on simulators like MFSX :-(

I'm live in Poland and have Asperger i once talked with other aviation enthusiasts, that i wish i was born in USA, UK or even in Russia :D

Because Russians too have Aircraft Carriers too, better than Royal Navy had yet not as cool as the America had, i once talked with one of my fellow Aspie friend who is American and member of American Armed force, he asked what branch of the American Armed Force i would like to chose if i was American so i said that US Navy most definitely, it's turned that i hurted his feeling because he was member of the Glorified United States Marine Corps, and He probably expected the other answer xD
I said that i would like be in US Navy because their have those beautiful F/A - Super Hornet Jet planes and aircraft carriers

He said to me that USMC also had carrier based capability, that famous American Astronaut John Glenn (who was American respond to Yuri Gagarin) was Marine and that USMC Planes are better than US Navy planes.
And US Marines have jet planes that can land vertically on Carrier deck,
i know that it's
Harrier Jump Jet
I don't know where it comes that Marines and Navy rivalry, i'm just an aviation enthusiast :D

I tried to land F- 18 in Microsoft Flight Simulator and it doesn't end well :(

British Royal Navy also had good Carriers :-)
And the Soviets, oh i means Russians xD


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06 Apr 2018, 10:16 pm

Yes. Landing on a carrier is difficult.

The US has the largest carriers and even they are only one tenth as long as the standard ten thousand foot runways that land airbases, and civilian airports have.

Because they are ships at sea they pitch and roll (Andrews AFB, and Heathrow, don't pitch and roll).

When the plane hits the deck the arresting hook on the belly of the plane has to grab the steel cord that stops the plane. But further ...there is a trick to landing a plane on a carrier: you decelerate, but you have to then accelerate again as you land so you can take off AGAIN if something goes wrong and you have to abort the landing. So yeah its rather complicated.

The G forces from the catapaults and from the arresting hooks take their toll on a person's body. There is particular prop plane the US navy uses to ferry personnel on and off carriers - the passengers get strapped into their seats facing backward to the planes tail. Better for safety if the plane crashes, but hell on you when you take off and land.

Though I suppose that helicopters and vertical take off planes have it easier then do regular jet and prop planes. That's why the British carriers use harriers, and Russian carriers use Yaks. Our navy and marine corps also supplement the carrier air strength with harrier jump jets, and the Navy also has the prop osprey planes (kinda hybrid plane-helicopter) that can land vertically as well, and can land on carriers as well. The Marine Corp is a subset of the Navy. I get the impression from the movie "Officer and a Gentleman" that the rivalry between the US Navy air arm and the US Air Force is worse than that between the Navy and the Marine Corps. But I dunno.