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?