Follow a VF-211 Checkmate F-14 Tomcat around the carrier landing pattern on the USS John C Stennis for day catapults and traps.
You’ve all wanted to do this: Man up your F-14 Tomcat for day catapult shots and traps. Sometimes they call it a “Bag-Ex” because you are “bagging traps.” But we will just call it carrier ops so we don’t get in trouble for not doing any “real” training.
Let’s follow this F-14A around the carrier pattern from startup, taxi, catapult shot, overhead break, and trap. Only to be taken back to Cat I again for another round of fun. Have a great Saturday!
Here is a blow by blow breakdown of the video.
0:17 RIO Panel shot (notice range scales on the radar–out to 200 nm…Phoenix capable)
0:30 Windmill engine for startup
1:22 F-18C Hornet Shoots off Cat IV
1:45 LSO Calibration of ILARTS camera (Landing Signal Officer’s stand out on the flight deck to calibrate the landing camera–cameo Stump)
1:58 “Hands up” for Arming of Tomcat by Ordnance personnel
2:20 Full control wipe out
2:45 Cat shot stroke down Cat I (Aft view)
3:17 Abeam shot of carrier
3:37 Overhead break into the pattern
4:45 CVN comes into view just past the 45 position in the carrier landing pattern
5:42 Trap! (kudos to those who can tell what wire he caught)
6:25 Taxi into Catapult I
6:35 Weight board roger’d up by RIO, holdback fitting shown by Green shirt
6:55 Director signals “Kneel the aircraft” (3 times…because the LTjg didn’t understand)
7:30 Taxi into shuttle
8:13 Cat Shot!=Freedom.
And that is day carrier ops in a nutshell!
Thanks to former RIO Keith “Virus” Schomig for sharing his video!
Top Photo: An F-14 Tomcat from Fighter Squadron TWO ONE ONE (VF 211 “Checkmates”) launches from the flight deck with afterburners glowing. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Third Class Lance H. Mayhew, Jr.
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