A complete hook up

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  1. fastmongrel

    fastmongrel Well-Known Member

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    Why do Navy Planes Have Tailhooks?
    Unbelievably, people don't realize that after a tough day of flying on and off of an aircraft carrier the planes are always washed, and then they use the hooks to hang the planes over the side to drip dry.

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    Great picture which poses two questions (at least).
    1) How on earth did the crew get back on the ship, assuming they were on board when the aircraft went over the side?
    2) How did they get the airplane back on board without breaking it even more?
    Answers on a post card, and 'with a great deal of difficulty' doesn't count :)
    Cheers
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    fastmongrel Well-Known Member

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    Oh thats easy the crew all stand on the opposite side of the flight deck so the ship rolls over till the plane is horizontal.
     
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    Don't forget to fold it nicely, when it have dried properly...
     
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    When I first saw that picture, years ago, I assumed that they wanted to know if the water was warm enough for a swim...but couldn't get anyone brave enough to find out.

    So they decided to use a Cougar instead! :lol:
     
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    I have never been able to find out what happened in this case. The BuNo and unit are clearly visible, and it is easy to find the date of the incident, that it was on the USS Lexington, and that the pilot was unharmed. But beyond that not much. I first saw that picture sometime in the 70's, and have heard numerous stories of what happened, but none that I can find documented.

    T!
     
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    Great pic for a caption competition !
    I remember seeing the same pic in a magazine article about the type, some years ago (might even still have the mag somewhere!), but can't remember the reason given, or the final outcome, if indeed it was stated.
    Maybe what we can't see is a bl**dy big hook, attached to the pitot probe, when they used the aircraft as a giant 'game fishing' rod !
     
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    It wasn't very difficult to dry the plane, but was very difficult to properly iron it....
     
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