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 perception nonexistent.

This is what sets carrier pilots apart from all others.

And here's what it takes...

Photos courtesy of the U.S. Navy


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