Close encounters between U.S. Navy F-4 Phantom fighter jets and Soviet Tu-95 Bear bombers were frequent in the skies near aircraft carriers around the world.
A collection of shots taken by the U.S. planes, can be found in the San Diego Air & Space Museum archive on Flickr.
These photos tell us a story of tense moments when Phantoms launched by American flattops intercepted and shadowed, sometimes in “tight formation”, USSR strategic bombers that skirted aircraft carriers at low level to probe their reaction times.
Some shots depict Soviet crew member greeting their colleagues in the American fighter jets with hand language.
During the Cold War Soviet bombers were often intercepted in the Mediterranean Sea by Italian F-104 Starfighter jets. And here’s a collection of images taken during those close encounters with the “zombies.”
Image credit: U.S. Navy via San Diego Air & Space Museum
The first of nine examples of the new Lamborghini Veneno Roadster supercar was unveiled in Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed port on Dec. 2.
Powered by a 750-HP engine V-12, the new Italian extreme supercar can hit a top speed of 355 kmh and accelerate from 0 to 100 kmh in 2.9 seconds: a performance worth of a fighter jet!
For this reason, the public debut of the new 4.5 million USD Lamborghini took place on a quite unusual place: the deck of the Italian aicraft carrier Cavour that left Taranto on Nov. 12 on a scheduled cruise, whose main purpose is to promote the “made-in-Italy” technologies in the Gulf region and in Africa.
Some cool images of the Veneno Roadster next to the Italian Navy‘s AV-8B+ Harrier were released by Lamborghini.
Image credit: Lamborghini
Footage in slow motion can be extremely useful to catch some details that would be missed at the normal speed.
Even more so if scenes were filmed during blue water ops involving French Navy Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard, Dassault Rafale M and E‑2C Hawkeye aircraft.
The following video brings you aboard France’s nuclear-powered Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier during a day of routine operations. In slow motion.
Aircraft carriers are among the world’s most powerful and deadly weapons systems.
Even if they can almost freely move across the planet’s ocean to bring their embarked Carrier Air Wing where needed, the flying activity launched by the deck of a flattop can be affected by bad weather and….rough seas.
Rough seas not only cause “pitching decks” but can also be quite dangerous when high swells hit the bow of the aircraft carrier running over planes being launched by catapults, as happened to the E-2 Hawkeye in the above picture.
Update Nov. 28 00.00 GMT
After publishing the article, we’ve received the following email by Derek Gordon who explains:
“The photo is…well…parts of two photos. As bizarre of a coincidence as this is, I actually put it together in Photoshop when I was a JO in 123 while on cruise in 2006. It was originally for a prank on one of our Dept Heads at the time and we later used it during foscle follies. The cat shot of the E-2 was a photo I took during work ups and I took the one of the waves crashing over the bow during our transit through the Indian Ocean. If you look closely you’ll see in the merged photo that the E-2 and steam trail from the catapult track actually don’t line up with the catapult track beneath it.”
Therefore, the image is Photoshopped. Still, these things happen as others have written and as proved by this video:
Some small navies around the world (or largest ones with budget problems) may consider this set up: a small, STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) plane and a flat deck merchant ship for future low cost naval aviation?
Still, the video, recorded with several cameras including some inside the plane and others on a Cessna 172 camera ship, is interesting as it shows the extreme STOL Foxbat A22 landing on a modest 3,500-ton multipurpose vessel 93 meters in length.
The small aircraft was flying just above stall speed, the ship was sailing at 9 knots into the wind and, even if the air speed was enough to keep the Foxbat flying, the speeed relative to the ship was almost zero.
Using a procedure that vaguely reminds that of real STOVL planes (like the F-35B and, above all, the AV-8B Harrier) approaching an amphibious assault ship, the A22 nears the deck in front of bridge 60 metres x 15 meters and then almost falls vertically to touchdown.
H/T to Michael Guthenberg for the heads-up