This GoPro video will bring you the closest as you can get to the flight deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier during catapult launches

Dec 31 2014 - 3 Comments

Fantastic footage of a modern U.S. aircraft carrier during blue water operations.

The following footage will bring aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) nuclear-powered aircraft carrier during routine flight operations.

The video was recorded with a GoPro camera attached to the helmet of a Catapult Topside Petty Officer, whose job is to ensure the proper hook-up of the aircraft to the catapult while ensuring the safety of all personnel on the flight deck during launching operations.

It starts about one minute until launch, with the first launch taking place at around 1:14.

You can see several aircraft belonging to the CVW-7 including F/A-18C Legacy Hornets, F/A-18F Super Hornets (Rhinos) and the EA-6B Prowler.

The video was filmed in 2013: the “Ike” is currently undertaking a 14-month Drydocking Planned Incremental Availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth.


  • How do I love thee GoPro! Great video!

    • Darrel Pummill

      Sure makes a fella homesick. Looked like a VF-84 paint job on those F-18s. I thought they shut them down. That was the slowest launch I eve witnessed.

  • Hankski

    You are not seeing all the launches in this video. Watch it again there are other take off points.