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....this was the first night barricade for a Hornet ever. I was a nugget pilot with VRC-30 and a paddles but not my teams wave night. I watched the whole thing unfold that night. The pilot, Oyster, was awarded an air medal and the CAG Paddles, Max, was an outstanding LSO.

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Wow, cool video. What is with the "Eject! Eject!" video title? I did fast forward a bit, did I miss the pilot ejecting??
 

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That was intense! I was on the edge of my seat for the whole vid. It looked like something fell off the jet, after the CAT shot and made a big splash. Nice hands on Oyster. Max was very cool on the radio. I liked that. :thumbsup:
 

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Big brass ones on both of them.

Ramp strike on launch?
 

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According to the YT comments, "Left engine fodded with catapult seal on cat shot."
 
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That was intense! I was on the edge of my seat for the whole vid. It looked like something fell off the jet, after the CAT shot and made a big splash. Nice hands on Oyster. Max was very cool on the radio. I liked that. :thumbsup:
I think I heard someone say ''jettison if you have to'' at the :50 mark. Not sure if that is for fuel tanks. Was that part of the engine or a fuel tank, something big dropped.
Max was cool and calm, that guy yelling get out, really raised the stress level.
 

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I think I heard someone say ''jettison if you have to'' at the :50 mark. Not sure if that is for fuel tanks. Was that part of the engine or a fuel tank, something big dropped.
Max was cool and calm, that guy yelling get out, really raised the stress level.
He had tanks on so was told to drop them but he already had. When they hit the water, some thought he punched and the man overboard was announced.
 

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Wow, cool video. What is with the "Eject! Eject!" video title? I did fast forward a bit, did I miss the pilot ejecting??
The Boss had called for him to eject. He stayed with her obviously...gutsy move but the thought of punching at night was scary as well.
 

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That was intense! I was on the edge of my seat for the whole vid. It looked like something fell off the jet, after the CAT shot and made a big splash. Nice hands on Oyster. Max was very cool on the radio. I liked that. :thumbsup:
We had two CAG paddles, Max Stout and Brad Jensen, both excellent but Max had that soothing voice and calmness. Funny that he was a fiery type but on the radio, calm and collective. Max was a Tomcat driver while Brad...or Flats, was a Prowler type.
 

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Can you translate to regular people speak? For a friend.
There is a big rubber seal that goes into the catapault when not in use. Comes in two pieces and being a night launch, folks forgot to remove it and when the Hornet launched, into went down the left intake. Well both actually but the left motor shut down and he had about 75% power on his good motor.

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We had two CAG paddles, Max Stout and Brad Jensen, both excellent but Max had that soothing voice and calmness. Funny that he was a fiery type but on the radio, calm and collective. Max was a Tomcat driver while Brad...or Flats, was a Prowler type.
The calmness is good considering the circumstances such as...
You might die and I might have a horrible memory for the rest of my life, but if we stay calm, we can have the best chance for success.

What a great victory as someone said on the video.
 

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There is a big rubber seal that goes into the catapault when not in use. Comes in two pieces and being a night launch, folks forgot to remove it and when the Hornet launched, into went down the left intake. Well both actually but the left motor shut down and he had about 75% power on his good motor.

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And the barricade instead of catching the wires was because he wouldn't have been able to take back off if he missed?
 

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There is a big rubber seal that goes into the catapault when not in use. Comes in two pieces and being a night launch, folks forgot to remove it and when the Hornet launched, into went down the left intake. Well both actually but the left motor shut down and he had about 75% power on his good motor.

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I would imagine that would not get whoever forgot the rubber seal, a very good efficiency report.
Tremendous job on the part of the pilot.
 

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....this was the first night barricade for a Hornet ever. I was a nugget pilot with VRC-30 and a paddles but not my teams wave night. I watched the whole thing unfold that night. The pilot, Oyster, was awarded an air medal and the CAG Paddles, Max, was an outstanding LSO.

View: https://youtu.be/6v2Sws7d3Fk

Best thing I've seen in a long time. Thanks for it.
 
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