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F-35 ramp strike footage, January 24, 2022

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Late January 2022, an F-35 had a ramp strike on USS Carl Vinson.  Footage was leaked.

https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2022/01/24/seven-sailors-injured-in-landing-mishap-aboard-carrier-carl-vinson/

 

Naval aviation is no joke.  Some older ramps trikes:

F-14 in 1993.

I think another F-14, this time 1994.

F/A-18 in 1991.

 

There's a lot that happens on Carriers, most the public will never know about.  Hell, there's a lot that happens in military aviation in general that people will never know about.

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Based on past events, do these "ramp strikes" usually happen from human error or equipment failure?

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19 hours ago, Admiral_Bingo said:

Based on past events, do these "ramp strikes" usually happen from human error or equipment failure?

depends

 

Not everyone can land a plane on a pitching, moving ship. Harder still when it is at night.

All it takes a a person having a bad day or a piece of equipment failing at just the wrong moment.

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22 hours ago, Admiral_Bingo said:

Based on past events, do these "ramp strikes" usually happen from human error or equipment failure?

Any combination of the above and more?

Could be equipment, could be pilot error, could be the wind shifts or dies at exactly the wrong time.

Could also be something unique to the F-35. It's a very "clean" aircraft, largely devoid of surface features. The real aircraft actually looks fake. It might be difficult to eyeball distance and heading for the LSO, and the LSO thought the aircraft was closer to the ship than it really was until it was too late.

Lots of reasons, and I doubt the cause will ever be public, which is SOP for the US Navy.

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22 hours ago, Admiral_Bingo said:

Based on past events, do these "ramp strikes" usually happen from human error or equipment failure?

Human error mainly.  In the video that shows the Fresnel Lens system (cross hairs), the plane should have its nose in the crosshairs exactly.  The pilot of that plane drifted to his left and was sinking.  You can see that.  Anybody aboard watching that camera would have known he was in trouble and he should have bolted (gone around) rather than complete the landing.

Pilots call it being "On the ball."  That is, in a normal landing, the pilot sees a green ball on the Fresnel lens landing system.  The ball is supposed to be even with the datum lights.  If it's high or low, you adjust your approach.

Fresnel-Lens-Optical-Landing-System-1.jp

I don't know if he was waved off or not but he should have been.  Everything turns red on that system, and that tells you to go around and not land.  

 

 

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Found a video of what seems to be a go-pro of an F-18 landing from pilots point of view

gives you an idea of how he landing goes, though no good view of the ball

https://youtu.be/KEKDSTgDR2M

 

another with radio transmissions

 

 

 

 

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