F/A-18 by Janes Combat Simulations F/A-18 by Janes Combat Simulations F/A-18 by Janes Combat Simulations
Exhibit - F/A-18 by Janes Combat Simulations

Trapping on the Carrier

Learning to "trap" on an aircraft carrier is one of the real highlights of this game.

It requires precise control of stick and throttle to catch any of the wires, let alone the coveted three-wire. For the ultimate in immersion, practice night traps with all the room lights out, and feel a little of the "pucker factor" that Navy pilots must feel when they start the approach to a tiny smear of lights in the middle of a big black nothing.

The carrier rolls and pitches depending on the sea state, and you must also adjust your "aim point" forward and to the right to account for the carrier's movement and angled deck. Hours of fun! Remember to add power when you hit the deck so you can take off again when the LSO yells "Bolter!"

Text by Chino