Hms Queen Elizabeth
Posted 15 January 2020 - 1419 PM
Posted 16 January 2020 - 1435 PM
It looks quite rough. On landing the nosewheel is seen to touch the deck quite a bit later than the mainwheels of the landing gear, which resulted in the nose of the aircraft getting smacked down hard when the arrestor wire was pulled taut. Just prior to the touchdown the pilot seems to suddenly pull up a tad to correct his approach (sink rate too high), leading to the situation as described.
Compare to the much smoother landings of these F/A-18Cs:
Edited by Daan, 16 January 2020 - 1451 PM.
Posted 16 January 2020 - 1457 PM
Posted 16 January 2020 - 1507 PM
Given that the LEVCON control surfaces move around quite radically just prior to the touchdown, the Indian pilot is not flying on speed AOA using his throttle, but bringing the nose up by pulling on the stick resulting in too much AOA, as you judged correctly.
Compare with this French navy pilot janking the throttle back- and forwards (and using trim) to control pitch and his stick to control the roll rate. Look at the AOA indexer left of the HUD.
Edited by Daan, 16 January 2020 - 1721 PM.
Posted 16 January 2020 - 1603 PM
Indian NLCA landed in a carrier for the first time on the 11th. What is wrong with this picture?
The A-4 Skyhawk that landed in its place.
Posted 14 February 2020 - 0927 AM
Queen Elizabeths night return to Portsmouth. Just a bit spooky.
And this is what they were doing out there, night training in British waters.