Exhibit - F/A-18E Super Hornet
The carrier deck in F/A-18 Super Hornet was
by far the most detailed seen to date. I started at the
back of the crowded deck and watched in awe as Hornets
taxied and took off under the direction of deck handlers.
These little guys direct you verbally and with hand
signals, then sprint out of the way. Mine wasn't quick
enough (or I was too slow) and he was ... arrrr... sucked
into the left engine.... most embarassing.
The Jet Blast Deflectors are necessary to stop crew being toasted then blown overboard by the aircraft exhaust. Yes, it's a hazardous place the ol' carrier deck!