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    Ah, but Patrick, there are a lot of things parked on the deck. All the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    Ah, but Patrick, there are a lot of things parked on the deck. All the time.

    But that's just a leisure cruise with everyone sunbathing and lounging around the pool and I wouldn't expect much catapult activity from that deck is going to get used very much, at least not while they are all lounging about like that.

    PS: Neat shot, but it always worries me to see them parked so close to the edge like that.
    And as big as those ships are, it still amazes me that those planes can land as well as they do, especially considering the speeds they are flying.

    Just for some to think about: just 100mph = 146.6 feet per second!!!





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    That is a before launch positioning. You get in the aircraft there, start up, taxi to the catapults and launch. That movement then opens up the landing area. Landing aircraft are taxied to the bow area to get out of the landing area for the rest of the airborne folks. Then, while the aircraft are on their missions, all of the aircraft on the bow are towed back aft to repeat the process. That's called a "cycle" and is a ton of work for those guys on the deck who are responsible for movement and tie down. We used to do 7 cycles in 12 hours, each about 1 hour 45 minutes. And you have to park them close to the edge to fit them all in. The tails are normally over the water. It is a tight fit. And the movement is a ballet for big things. Sometimes they are parked just inches apart. Those in the picture are loosely parked. After the last cycle, the parking gets really tight as ALL of the aircraft are aboard.

    You get used to it.
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    Patrick, here are a couple of more pictures I've found to show the deck. This one is is a bit of a "dress" mode with aircraft carefully position to look good for the picture. Nice picture, though.

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    This one is probably either going into or out of port. The entire air wing is on, the parking is tight. Looks like the landing area is open, so what would happen from here is that the aircraft would be towed aft to free up the cats on the bow for launch. BTW, the picture is about half of the air wing. I counted 36 aircraft in the picture, but an air wing can be somewhere between 72 and 100. Some will be on the hangar deck, but that can only hold about 20, max, so the rest must be aft of the island.

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    thumbup2.gif Thanks Jake, for the info and the great shots. It all boggles the mind with all that's at stake and how it all works. And just a fair bit of firepower potential.





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