F-16 Arrested

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from Misawa Air Base, Japan, is stopped by an aircraft arresting barrier system during annual test of the system at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 13, 2011. The arresting gear is used in the event of an emergency when an aircraft cannot stop on its own. (DoD photo by Osakabe Yasuo, U.S. Air Force/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from Misawa Air Base, Japan, is stopped by an aircraft arresting barrier system during annual test of the system at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 13, 2011. The arresting gear is used in the event of an emergency when an aircraft cannot stop on its own. (DoD photo by Osakabe Yasuo, U.S. Air Force/Released)

So what do planes without tailhooks do? Just catch their front gear on the cable?

Comments

  1. The F-16 has a tailhook. So do the F-15 and F-22. Don’t think the A-10 does, though.

    It’s the structural strength and landing gear that make an airplane carrier-capable or not.

  2. The high speed fighters have tail hooks. The A-10 does not, due to its slow landing speed. The larger jets generally have thrust reversers where as the fighters do not. There are two types of emergency arresters, cable for use with tail hooks and barrier arresters for those without tail hooks. That said a barrier arresters is not going to stop a C-17. There are runway extensions with collapsable concrete for that.

    Note a tail hook on a F-15 does not mean it can land on a carrier. Well it could do it once….

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  4. A lot of fast jets (american, european, russian and even chinese) have tail hooks for emergency landings, is a standard procedure, even aircarft with thrust reverser like the Tornado have them, those tailhooks and planes structures are not stressed to do that day to day like navy aircrafts, but resist eventual use (like the annual tests in the photo)

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