Cool POV video of an F-16 pilot flying past an aircraft carrier
A cool video has surfaced online showing the perspective of a pilot flying past an aircraft carrier. The video was shot from the cockpit of a Turkish F-16 pilot. Just days ago, Turkey presented its first aircraft carrier for unmanned aerial vehicles, TCG Anadolu.
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Perhaps the video would have been better if its editor had not soundtracked it with music, but left the roar of the American Viper. The video shows the plane flying past the aircraft carrier in slow motion to highlight the latest Turkish acquisition of the Turkish Navy. Then the video speeds back up and the pilot does several 360-degree spins on the axis of the F-16 at incredible, captivating speed.
The F-16 can only fly past aircraft carriers, but not land. The fighter was not designed for such action. If he does try, his attempt will be unsuccessful. First, it won’t be able to land on the aircraft carrier’s short runway. Or it will crash on the deck, and failing that, fall into the water at the other end of the ship’s runway. As for the pilot – if he is only trained to fly the F-16, his chances of surviving such a landing are estimated to be zero. He would have to eject in time if he wanted to save his life.
The F-16’s main problem for landing on an aircraft carrier is not just one. For example, the F-16 needs at least 800 meters of runway length, while the aircraft carrier has about 300 meters. And the arresting hook isn’t the same as a carrier one, so it would rip it out of the F-16. This means that the F-16 will most likely remain “belly” on the deck. This may slow down the speed, but hardly.
The video is interesting for several reasons, though. First, it shows the pilot’s perspective of the aircraft carrier. We’ve seen a lot of videos like this and it’s always impressive how small the runways of these battleships are when viewed from the perspective of fighter speed.
The camera that captured the video is a 360-degree view. It is assumed that the camera is on a gyroscopic mount. You can watch the video in our Twitter account
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