I have two questions about carrier landings.
I could have sworn, that I once heard that aircraft are recovered while the ship is moving downwind. This appears to make no sense as I would imagine you’d want to land into the wind. So I brushed it off as a false recollection. Then, a few days ago, I saw on the news some file footage of an F18 landing, and glancing at the seas, it appeared they were in fact travelling down swell. It was a quick glance, and I could be wrong. What gives?
On a Discovery program last night about runways, they did a seg on carriers. They showed footage of an aircraft landing, hooking one of the wires, then the tailhook got ripped off the aircraft. They didn’t show what happened next. I would assume the plane got back into the air safely, but then what? What are the options of an airborne carrier plane minus one tailhook?