Originally published January 17th, 2005.
Night in the barrel
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A-6 night approach, just listening to the pilot breathe lets you know what Lex is talking about. Night traps, it’s like practicing bleeding, you know you can do it but….
Man you can just feel the tension – you can emphasize with that pilot fighting to keep panic from taking over
One story i always remembered – passed from pilots – is the Navy pilot who had 22 go around (bolters?) before finally nailing it. At night in terrible weather.
It was said once on deck he could hardly walk, his knees were knocking so bad.
And I remember reading about the psychology of take offs … and landings. You are running down the runway ready to lift off, and all the psychology is pushing you to – take off.
A lot of pilots have died in light twins when an engine fails – the laws of physics dictate that that plane is not going to be airborne….for long….and they try to nurse it in the air.
Night in a barrel….has to be one of the worst things for a Navy pilot.
I have mentioned that segment from Carrier when the sea was as rough as some old veterans have seen in 20 years…and the captain decides that this evening would be a good time for practice.
As Lex said you have to put your fear in a compartment to be examined at a better time (or words to that effect). Because it is easy to let it grab you and take control.
Thanks for the video Busbob -
My first trip to the Mother Ship. I can’t remember were I saw the link, but I was hooked!
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