Re: Carrier Catapult Bridle...I Did'nt Know
Shot many F-4, A-3 ,A-4 ,F-8, RA-5C bridle equipped A/C off the Indy back in the 70's A-6 A-7 and E-2 C-2 were the only nose tow we shot. In the early days the bridles were shot off the bow, The ramps are for bridle overrun. The bridles were hooked too a strap that ran in a track along side the cat slot and were brought to a stop by a cammed disc brake. Unless you forgot to take wedges out of the cam then you shot the strap right off the bow and looked like a big snake about 250 to 300 foot long sailing out in front of the ship, you will note the nylon lanard attached to the bridle thats what attached it to the bridle arrestor as we called it, also it brought the bridle back for the next A/C
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Last edited by Nockers; 05-15-2010 at 12:30 PM.