“Here’s what’s happened…. the flight deck was initially blocked by plane taxiing or slow getting away from landing zone.
“The next Hornet called in on the radio but was still in the clouds so the LSOs ( Landing Signal Officer) reminded the pilot to turn on the bright landing light. The LSO spotted the light and gave the pilot some corrections in the last seconds “ Power, Power!” The pilot touched down early or short but still caught the arresting wire. Pilots always go to Full Power upon touchdown hence All of the spray. The deck was Fouled or blocked by that plane that landed, hence the repetition of calls by the LSO looking backward and arms held high acknowledging this. The arresting wire got stuck being retracted back into position, that’s why the Motor Cart and others went to pull out the kink so to speak. The LSO graded the landing by telling the guy hunched over as he wrote down the plane ID # 500 and the summary of the landing- “ High Start, Drifted left, over corrected n descended too low”. That’s why LSO stated “Power.”
Raconteur Report: Large, Clanking, Steel, 16#@ Quite another thing to do it in driving rain, with visibility down to ｼ mile, if that.
“So, coming in at 160 knots (184mph) you’re going to land a gray airplane on a gray ship, in gray seas, on a gray day, in a gray fog. Got it?”
There are four arresting wires to hit in a sweet spot only 50 yards long from #1 to #4, and after that, it’s “BOLTER! BOLTER! BOLTER!” slam the throttles forward, and go around for another try. This guy just managed to get back aboard after catching the #4 wire.