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Old 04-23-2010, 02:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was fascinated to find this out as I was looking through videos on Youtube

I was under the impression that all the catapults had always worked with the nose gear:-? Call me stupid:lol:

This first video shows the bridle being thrown off the deck during the cat launch. One Time Use :lol:


Older aircraft did not have a launch bar integrated in the nose gear; instead, a wire rope called a catapult bridle was attached to the aircraft and the catapult shuttle. The ramps at the catapult ends on older carriers were used to catch these ropes so they could be reused; bridles have not been used on aircraft since the end of the Cold War and all carriers commissioned since then have not had the ramps. The last carrier commissioned with a bridle catcher was USS Carl Vinson; starting with USS Theodore Roosevelt the ramps were deleted. During Refueling and Comprehensive Overhaul refits in the late 1990s–early 2000s, the bridle catchers were removed from the first three Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. USS Enterprise is the last operational carrier with the ramps still attached.

This next video is long...but if you go to the end at the 9:00 min mark you can see them attaching a bridle to a F-4 Phantom.

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Old 04-23-2010, 05:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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pretty cool, thanks for teaching me something today.
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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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