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F-18 Carrier Mission Cockpit (Video) | Catapult Launch, Aerial Refueling, Carrier Landing

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F/A-18F Super Hornet carrier mission, including aerial refueling from an F-18 tanker aircraft. Video concludes with cockpit view of carrier landing. (www.youtube.com) More...

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CloudSurfer89
CloudSurfer89 8
I love this with no music and just ambient noise.
dvl
Dan Langille 4
Good to see video without music. Refueling scenes are fantastic. At 4:10 or so, great to see the pilot's eyes and see where he's looking as he goes through maneuvers.
JBauer1
Jon Bauer 2
Watch stick and thottle motions when pilot is flying fairly close formation as a wingman near 2:00 I believe. He is mostly watching the flight leader; not much head movement. Constant control corrections. The more close formation one flys on the wing the smaller the corrections may become. Both power and airframe responses have a lag time unlike an automobile on the highway. Even in fairly close formation you can still learn to "see" things other than leader's a/c except maybe as the slot in a tight diamond show formation. A very smooth leader makes it a lot easier to be a wingman when in close.
RCliff
Richard Cliff 1
Hi Jon. Hope things are going well. Do you happen to have a digital copy of the 69-07 yearbook ? Handy item. Please drop me a note when convenient. Regards. Rick Cliff info@clrwtrhs.com
dvl
Dan Langille 1
I noticed that. Constant throttle connections.

The term is 'flying paint', which I something I picked up from reading about the Blue Angels.
JBauer1
Jon Bauer 1
"Flyint paint" refers to the sight picture a wingman uses to keep aligned fore and aft and vertically with leader's aircraft. Paint (or decal) markings can be conveniently located.

"Light on the star" will be fondly remembered by tens of thousands of USAF jocks who trained in the T-38 White Rocket.
Derg
Roland Dent 1
TOTAL RESPECT
Huguinson
Hugo Solari 1
Súper!!!
irwinjim99
James Irwin 1
The refueling certainly wasn't from another F-18.
JBauer1
Jon Bauer 2
LOL!
Probe and drogue refueling shown here is much more receiver (fighter) pilot intensive than boom and receptacle style. Kinda like sex, and almost as much fun, especially at night. Things haven't changed much in the 40+ years since I last refueled an F-100 inflight.
Derg
Roland Dent 0
My knees shook in a Cassna 152..haha.so the instructor gently led me into the hangar and talked about motors..haha...last time for me. 1982
JBauer1
Jon Bauer 1
Don't feel bad about that. I would say that every pilot has had the knee shake or similar experience at least once. I did and it was after logging about 1000 hrs. in fighters. Depends on the stress level.
Derg
Roland Dent 2
Thank you for your honesty.
rocketperson393
Art Troutman 0
James - That was my feeble attempt at humor! I tend to be sarcastic when I run across something that is so way off base! I fail to understand how such gross mistakes are made by anyone - be they professional or amateur. If it's the latter, we can stretch things a bit, and say that it is excusable. But if it's a pro - then, it's not excusable - especially if it's in their field of expertise! The latter is so often the case, that it's embarrassing to the rest of us in that field of ours, who are highly unlikely ever to sin so markedly. I would put it this way - professionals that make such egregious mistakes - are, at best, semi-pros!
JBauer1
Jon Bauer 1
I took both James' and Art's comments on the tanker identity as tongue-in-cheek. Perhaps a few others did also. Buddy air refueling is a lot less economical than tapping a KC fuel wagon.
rocketperson393
Art Troutman 2
Thanks Jon for your comment. "Tongue-in-cheek" is the apt way of looking at it. Your comment about 'buddy air refueling' is well taken! It's like taking 3 steps forward and 2 back. An old joke comes to mind. The scene: A gas station (back in the days of gas guzzlers, when attendants were in flower) - A Cad pulls up to a pump, and as the attendant is pumping away, he yells to the driver: "Please turn off your engine sir - you're gaining on me"!
JBauer1
Jon Bauer 1
Needing to use afterburner to refuel due to heavyweight, slow tanker airspeed and an underpowered a/c is much the same thing. Modern fighters (e.g. FA-18) probably don't have this problem. In fact, it looks like the cat shots were at Mil power (no a/b) and the max. burner was selected as the a/c left the deck. Watch pilot's left hand.
rocketperson393
Art Troutman 0
Never realized that F-18 [tanker] had 4 engines!

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