Photographer's Note

Sorry, more Navy photos :D
This composition was something we tried very hard to get every time flight operations were being conducted. It was sooo difficult. We were standing on the opposite side of the flightdeck from the Landing Signal Officers who are in contact with the pilots. The idea is to get them looking at the landing plane, but to also include the blurred motion of the jet & tail hook used for catching one of the 4 wires that is stretched across the deck. The planes are coming in at an amazingly fast speed (as you can imagine) and because of this I didn't quite achieve what I was going for because you can just barely make out the tail hook hanging down from the back of the jet. But it was definitely the best of the several rolls I spent on this particular compo. You may notice a yellow tint on this image, it's from another beautiful sunset out to sea :D

It gets the title "Bzzzzzzzzssssswooooooshhh!!!" because it seemed only appropriate as this is the sound it makes when they are coming in for a landing...a long lasting real high pitched buzz sound followed by a deep quick ending swoosh sound as they catch the wire on the flightdeck. My sounding it out doesn't do the real sound justice, you have to sort of use your imagination as well :)
I entered the location of which this was shot as Puerto Rico because we were operating just off the coast.
original caption:
Landing Signal Officers (LSO) watch as an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft catches the wire on the flight deck of USS Theodore Roosevelt. USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) is conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise "COMPTUEX" off the coast of Puerto Rico.
USN Photo by PHAN Stacey Hines

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