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munnst
10-01-2004, 06:29 AM
Anyone know what the correct proceedure for launch, formation and landing on a carrier.

Does the leader launch, climb to a set altitude and circle while the remaining aircraft take off and form up or does he just head towards the target and wait for the others to catch up.

On landing is the reverse true or do aircraft come in singularly, run and break etc.

munnst
10-01-2004, 06:29 AM
Anyone know what the correct proceedure for launch, formation and landing on a carrier.

Does the leader launch, climb to a set altitude and circle while the remaining aircraft take off and form up or does he just head towards the target and wait for the others to catch up.

On landing is the reverse true or do aircraft come in singularly, run and break etc.

owlwatcher
10-02-2004, 07:19 AM
Bunping this one

Would like to know this information

wickedpenguin
10-02-2004, 08:31 AM
Typically, the leader and other aircraft that were not last in line would fly a rectangular racetrack pattern based around the carrier's runway. They would time it so that the next aircraft was launching by the time they were flying the upwind leg (parrelel to the carrier's runway) so that the launching aircraft would join up.

I have read in several locations that sometimes they would launch the bombers first and send them on their way since they were overall slower than the fighters. After the bombers were headed out, the fighters would be launched and would play catch-up with the bombers. However, unless they had combat air patrol watching the bombers initially, I don't know how safe that would be.