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You can turn on your sound and go full screen.
These videos show the difference between Carrier Ops. and any other kind of Naval Aviation. The links below are two videos about F-18s aboard the USS Nimitz during heavy weather that causes a severely pitching deck. It's more dangerous than most combat missions and the tension in the pilots and crew is apparent.
Watch Part 1 first, then Part 2. Great videos.
Part One
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=4gGMI8d3vLs
Part Two
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=S0yj70QbBzg
 

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Very cool!
 

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Yea, those guys have nerve to do the landings they accomplish...that's why it's been said that Navy pilots are the best. I'd personally need a change of shorts! lol
 

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Wow, that brings back some memories... I'd hate to see what the decks on the smaller ships were doing...

I was stationed on Destroyers, not Carriers... But I remember Flight-Ops being a very tense time...
 

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Did 5 tours on 4 different carriers as an Avionics Tech working mostly on F-14 Tomcats and I still love to watch this stuff. There's a reason our pilots walked with a certain swagger to them and quite honestly, they've earned the right to do so. I personally rode in a C-2 on 1 launch and 2 recoveries and it's one helluva ride.
 

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I grew up next to Miramar NAS (before it was marines) in San Diego and my dad was an aerospace engineer who worked on some of the older jets. He used to love and watch the guys coming back from carrier duty do their first airfield landings after so much time at sea. After being used to coming down hard on deck some of them would slam pretty hard into the runway there. Lots of respect for those guys.
 
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