I would say "timing!" but the lack of any obvious motion blur, and more than reasonable detail would seem to inform against high-speed film used fortuitously. And the seeming lack of reaction from what appears to be a crewman casually observing the event. Which leads me to suspect the near-flat level of the shot, combined with what could actually be pretty extreme perspective from the camera's point-of-view, suggests we're not seeing exactly what appears to be happening.
Posted by: Ben at August 11, 2017 12:27 AM (B1bvu)
I can't find any detail on this exact image, but from the several similar images I did find, this would appear to be what happens when you snag the arrestor cables incorrectly and stop a bit too abruptly. The plane normally doesn't stay like that for more than a couple of seconds though.
Posted by: David at August 11, 2017 01:42 AM (JMkaQ)
That's what I assumed, David. I do
know it was on USS Cabot
, an Independence
-class CVL, sometime in 43 or 44.
Posted by: Wonderduck at August 11, 2017 07:38 AM (MhSsP)
"The plane normally doesn't stay like that for more than a couple of seconds though."
I bet they and the few seconds around them are exciting
Posted by: Rick C at August 11, 2017 09:08 AM (ECH2/)
"Any landing you can walk away from, right Hal?"
"I dunno, Jim, I think that joke was a bit ON THE NOSE, don't you?"
Posted by: GreyDuck at August 11, 2017 06:12 PM (rKFiU)
Any landing you can walk away from is a good one.
If they can use the airplane again afterwards, it's a great one.
Posted by: flatdarkmars at August 11, 2017 07:26 PM (zLeyl)
OK, fine. I now accept that the X Games really are "extreme". Nose grinds in fighter planes...
Posted by: mikeski at August 11, 2017 08:40 PM (88xRJ)
Apparently the Breakdance "Headspin" move has antecedents farther back then we previously knew.
Posted by: Mauser at August 12, 2017 11:13 AM (TYvUn)
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