Landing a jet in simulators during training is one thing; doing all the calculations and estimations necessary to land a fixed wing military aircraft on a moving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier is a best of its own; it is a very different matter when it is time to go live.
Landing a fixed wing military aircraft on a moving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier is one of the most difficult things to do. Think about “the miracle” that it is to conduct a landing on a huge runway, think about passengers clapping every time it happens. Now imagine doing the same difficult task on a moving aircraft carrier with a runway 3/4 smaller than those on regular airports. Terrifying? Undoubtedly. Even for the some of the most brave behind the controls of an aircraft. Here some of them share how does that very first time feels. They call it the “fear factor”. I couldn’t agree more.
Do think you would be able to handle that first time “fear factor” if called to do it? Sound off and share your opinions and comments in the section below.