Thats a nice bit of flying indeed! Cant imagine the smell in the cockpit was too pleasant afterwards though
On a different note, I liked the strobe effect of the copters blades looking as if they were rotating slowly....
Good grief! How did those RN Fleet Air Arm chaps manage it?...the mind simply boggles :roll: The salient point to bear in mind is that the pilots are trained to do this sort of thing, and will have done it dozens of times on a sim. If you actually look at the moment of touch down, it was absolutely perfect with all three wheels kissing the deck simultaneously. If the Navy thought that landing a 'chopper on the back of a warship in high seas was not within the bounds of their pilot's abilities, they wouldn't be doing it and there would be no helicopters at sea - Rob
In the R.A.F. the Fleet Air Arm blokes (and blokesses) are known as Penguins, all flap no fly. BUT anyone that can land that this on that other thing when it's doing its best to take of itself is both a VERY good driver and a total head case! Anyone who ever tries to land on anything smaller than and airfield, or for choppers, solid land has got to have something quite wrong from the neck up and as a matter of interest they patrol in all but the VERY worst weather and that wasn't the very worst..
An expression about aircraft drivers is that fools and birds fly for a living and birds don't fly at night! Some do, but not many types..
A very good friend here is a retired Penguin fixed wing navigator. So he didn't even drive the blasted things, he put his 'donkey' (think laterally) in the hands of someone else who had left his brain in a box on board to get his 'donkey' back to the relative safety of a floating thing!
Even if you had to leave a carrier the logical thing for anyone with ANY sense would be to find somewhere that didn't try to run away from where you left it and didn't jump up and down and side to side when you eventually found it again and then tried to put said 'donkey' back into a seat in the bar in the mess :shock: