Navy carrier jets don't just take off...
They are blasted from a seaborne aircraft carrier
-- shot into the skies by a steam catapult and a pair of screaming
afterburners. It's zero to over 160 m.p.h. in under two seconds
Navy carrier pilots do not just land their planes...
They slam them aboard a pitching ship at sea. In night landings,
vertigo and optical illusion are routine; depth
This is what sets carrier pilots apart from all others.
And here's what it takes...
Photos courtesy of the U.S. Navy