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by Wesley Howard • 800,024 views

A lot of people have been commenting and asking what the purpose of the people in the back are. Those in the white jersey are qualified "Final Checkers". When the aircraft is at the catapult as...

Personal preference on how close they stand??  Dude he is a plane captain and probably has no idea what to do and the shooter who let him this is just as much a failure in the leadership role to let him get there.  Sure it looks like fun but its just plain stupid to let a young kid to get that close for a PRANK!
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Definitely personal preference on how close you stand.  Lot of shooters would be out as far as the wing tips, some as close as the inboard stations, like where the brown shirt was.  The closer inboard on the Prowler you went, the more violent the wind would be when the bird took off.  As long as you hold on and duck down, it's not that bad:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dfoeYSsh94&list=UURaclX0hfxlNGLWduueOfGg
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+Wesley Howard personal preference my ass i say again. I was a shooter for over 5 deployments.  there are set standards.  This is basically being stupid on the flight deck and possibly getting somebody hurt and or possible fodding out the jet behind the JBD with say goggles or what not.  Those who put themselves in this position are asking for trouble.... period
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I'm pretty sure he got a major bollocking afterwards.
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That is my old squadron. I was on that cruise, and it is circa 2006-2007. AG tail code belongs to CAG-7, which deployed at the time on the Dwight D Eisenhower, CVN-69. I don't recognize the final checker or the brown shirt.
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stupid joke guy may to be hurt self.
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when u plug your ears u can hear yourself talk when u plug your ears twice it is so loud u can not hear yourself talk that is why sign language is used. people have not a clue what it is like standing next to a prowler engine ,engine bay door wide open turning up 70 % and your one foot from it watching it  holy sh.....t  being up there is some serious serious stuff  i have seen a jet going by just off port side maybe 100 feet higher than  the flight deck at mac 2  many over mac 1 , airman daniel fooy one of the first pc vaq 136 uss kitty hawk cv 63
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Boy that was lightening reaction by the white shirt! I just slowed this vid right down and at 0:34 the tail of the Prowler jolts slightly which would be the hold back bar snaps as it exceeds the set pressure for the weight of the aircraft as the button is pressed to launch the catapult.  The video timer doesn't even get to 0:35 before the white shirts gets to his feet.  He would have known that the guy in the brown shirt was about go slamming into the JBD.  Some one should have told the Brown shirt guy to attach his goggles properly before doing that job.  I have a yellow cranial and I always have the goggle strap running around between the internal webbing and the back impact plate rather than running over it, which this may have been why his goggles went flying which became a major FOD hazard for the weight Hornet.  No doubt a near miss incident report would have been filled out for this!!
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+Wesley Howard Think you're right.  If someone is going to experience something dangerous and it goes wrong, they're only going to do it once!!  He was brave to do it anyway.  So were you the guy in the white shirt or were you filming?
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How come there's two checkers  on one side of the plane and only one on the other side? 
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There's generally only 1 checker on each side. This was one of the final launches of the deployment, and the brown shirt wanted to experience a launch, so he had to go up with a qualified shooter.
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I'm an old Army guy who knows zero about the Navy but that looks like it could be dangerous.Our commanders never let us take part in "pranks" on the firing range,for example, and one would think that the officer in command of that flight deck would have the same attitude.
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even if this was a prank it wouldn't be funny. his goggles nearly went straight into the air intake of the f18 sat waiting behind.....
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I bet he has a serious case of road rash....the deck is coated with non-skid...it is really rough...esp if your ass is sliding along on it....
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0:20 is it a F-22 raptor beside it?
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+THEORIGINALEXSCAPER Yup. The Raptor can't land or launch from a carrier.
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it has been 25 yeas since i was on a carrier i would like to be on the flight deck once more nothing like it during a cat shot. i was a ABF. true there is no way to really tell what it is like. i really miss the F-14s at night with full afterburners 
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Those were the loudest freaking birds I ever was around!
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pretty sure it's a lambo dude
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nah, there are no Hexagons.
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Seems dangerous and inresponsible.
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i love prowlers just got out after working on them for 6 1/2 years loved every minute. my older brother was asking me earlier today about this stuff and how loud it was and he started laughing at me cause i didnt know how to explain it. between the noise level itself and the fact that every bone in your body feels like its shaking loose... i just couldnt figure out how to explain it to him... i loved that feeling
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Prowlers always mademy teeth hurt when they went full power on the cats! I was E2C Hawkeyes and C2's (Hummers)
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I was on that deployment, in that squadron. It wasn't a prank. It was a line rat that didn't listen and thought he had what it takes to sit up on the cat. He was told not to go inboard of station 5, and did. That was the result.
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I bet the Air Boss LOVED that one.  I haven't seen when this was taken, but I don't ever remember seeing anything like this on the plat.  But I was below so who knows what y'all did up there.  I do know that our Boss would have nutted up on all them.
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The goggles, THEY DO NOTHING!
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Trucks that carry bombs and lots of them. They are just as capable of precision bombing as the F/A aircraft. A B-1, B-52, B-2 are good examples of bombers with very precise bombing capabilities. They can bomb just as good as an Navy F/A. Heck they carry the same ordinance. There should be no arguing the bombing capability of a bomber. The don't just hit large targets.
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@stuckinmud00 They need to make sure nothing is wrong. The guy was just standing too close to her engines is all that happened.
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@tophatlance Could it be they were hazing the guy?
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your shins still bruised from all the tie down chains you bashed em on? My back is pretty f'ed up now from hauling cruise boxes full of those damn things up and down ladders every time we deployed. (VF-21, CV-43, fire control shop)
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@walterk1874 No different bird, you are misinformed, see the football and coffee can on the tail......oh wait sorry I forget, you have no idea what I'm talking about because......well....you don't know WTF.... you.... are talking about...my bad :) Notify me when you have a clue.
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Are you REALLY that fucking stupid? You've got a bunch of birds lined up, low on fuel and you want to do a systems check before you clear the deck? Fucking idiot, I swear to God you are more stupid than my 6 year old daughters boyfriend.
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Better than getting hit by the prowler
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He probably tought he had to do a duckface
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I wish there was some way you get the sound you actually hear when you're shooting a Prowler off the pointy end. Let's see. Imagine you rip the mufflers off 40 cars and wind em up, detonate 100lbs of C-4, and have 100 guys with bass drums surrounding you and all this going off at the same time. Even your heart doesn't know what speed it's supposed to beat at. I loved it.
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Do hands need to hook with the tie-down chain holder?
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The little guy with the Brown shirt is a Plane Captain and he should have not be allowed to be in that place. It looks like they did a prank on him.
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Guilty. Just trying to drum up more traffic =P Do you check my video every month? lol
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I was just noting it as it's one of my favorite airframes, I honestly didn't notice the difference.
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Can't help but get closer on the waist cats.
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Hey, I use Google every day and it's never caused any damage to an airplane... Sorry, couldn't resist...
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isnt it also so that the wing doesnt clothes-line them? @_@
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0:34 could someone ploease copy and add FUS RO DAH would be epic
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Nothing beats 'on-the-job' experience. :)
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Haha, I was on watching that first hand! Cag-7!
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Wouldn't have been much fun if they closed the jet blast defector on his arm or leg.
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Do you change the title every month? xD
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On French carrier it's strict forbidden to be in this area during catapulting: all personal must be along the yellow line (out wingtip) no play with security...
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Yeah, in the "hot box" between cat 3 & 4 with a Prowler on one and a Tomcat on the other. I don't believe anything in the world is that loud. I use to be a final checker in a Prowler squadron many years ago.
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Final Checkers sounds like the right name.
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What are they doing there? That's dangerous
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Yeah, when I last logged in, it gave me the option of linking this profile with my Google+ profile, so I did.
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Looked like they flew off tworards the -18 in the #2 POS. FOD hazard! : S
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After 10 years did you get out or change your MOS?
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it looks like his glove flew off...so I may be wrong about the pockets...but hell you never know.
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Lol, it always shows up in the related videos of navy vids, same icon, description, and video everytime, but not title :p
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It's the shrieking pitch that does it. Like a drill in your skull.
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Actualy both of them got blown down the deck, just that the more experienced checker managed to stay on his feet. Neither one of them were holding onto a pad eye.
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What about it? This is an EA-6B Prowler electronic-warfare plane, not an A-6 Intruder. They don't use A-6's anymore, which is unfortunate.
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that non skid is some nasty stuff to slide on i worked on a carrier flight deck. yea the sound of a aircraft on take of is kinda hard to describe up close it is a ear splitting roar without hearing protection even the air vibrates around you
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I did this job (final checker) on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA-42 with VF-41 F-4N in 1975. Not nearly as big as this ship. I would have been much closer to the JBD. I had to check to see if afterburners were working and "turkey feathers" were "puckered". I did not let go of the padeye until the blast had cleared.
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so you told him to duck and then just got up and ditched him once the time was right? hahaha
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you are wrong in your description. The brown shirt is a plane captain in the ea6b prowler squadron. he was being shown how to do a final check on the aircraft by the line/maintenance troubleshooters. the brown shirt (plane captain) was in the correct position, but the white shirt was behind him to monitor and present the actual "final check" thumbs up. Call it a practice run if you will. I was in an F-14A squadron and was a plane captain for awhile and saw/did this all the time.
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Tell me what you think about this, "Hilarious Way To Marshall Jets ".
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I bet he got chewed out for that one, they are pretty big of Saftey on the carriers, no one wants to get sucked into an engine or worse :( If it was for real and not just a what if safety thing :) Cheers.
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Wow, some real winner comments on both sides here. I agree with all the final check comments needing to be done. As stated before, naval aviation is its own kind of flying where final checks can be the difference between life and death. On the attach/bomber think let me just say this. I have live and breathed naval attack my whole life. I am 41 years old and have live at the west coast home of what used to be called light attack.
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Great video. I really love to watch aircraft marshalling. I only wish I understood better the sequence of it all and what each hand signal means. I think I pretty much have it figured out but it happens so fast.
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@ xxxmartin96xxx Dude the Tomcat was by far the Best aircraft... hahaha just joking man!! :)
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0:38 looks like the plane literally knocked his socks off!
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@andgate2000 this specific variation is intended for radar jamming...it flies alongside squadrons to disable enemy AA Radar Stations
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Great video post Wes. Good to find these On here when I start missing the Navy.
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They still use the F-15 and its just as old and still kicks ass in the sky
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another problem was he was too close to the jet blast. you are not suppose to get that close. and if you notice something flew out of his pocket (THAT WE ARE SUPPOSE TO SEW SHUT). You can see the F.O.D. flying over the jet blast deflector. This is a huge problem and could have possibly F.O.D.'ed out the F-18's engines that's in line behind them.
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These things were a b*tch to fuel. The fuel port was upside down
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very interesting video, thanks!
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oopsie? Chief? Can I have a "Do Over?"
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And his google caused a 12million repair on one of the planes..
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training to become a FC/TS. this is how it is done.
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Wait...you run into the flight ops area to check it on the outbound side? ....but not on the inbound side? ??? None of this makes any sense. You're not making sense.
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They can drop many JDAM, JSOW, or other precision guided bomb on many targets at the same time. My two cents. I think the argument on finals is pointless, when you are arguing with the men who have been doing the job. But arguing F/A vs. Bombers when you don't know jack about bombers is also pointless. Some of you don't know jack about either!
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Thank you for your service. my grandpa was a mechanic for 22 years in the Air Force,
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I think the brown shirt did it for fun..lol
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Now with a multirole aircraft "the F/A-18A/B/C/D/E/F/G they are referred to as fighter attack aircraft as they can preform both roles equally. If configured, they can fight their way in and out of an attack mission. The difference in a bomber (AF) is bombers are trucks. Kind of like the old light attack aircraft in the old Navy.
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Yeah uh huh.....NO. They used to call it "fighter/bomber." Now they throw around the word "attack" because it's a more effective term for recruiting purposes. That's all. By the way, the bombers are LESS precise? And you want ME to do more research?
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Just talk about the damn vid always getting off topic does it really matter what kind of jet it is / plane
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Did any body notice his Cellphone???
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I was on a retired carrier on vacation last summer and saw those, now I know what they are. Thanks!
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Again, showing how ignorant you are. There's a difference between a fighter, attack & bomber. Yes, bombers are LESS PRECISE, i.e. cover more area like a blanket. They go for broad damage, towns, infrastructures, fields, etc. Attack is for precise targets that do less widespread damage and concentrate on singular objectives, like cell towers, cars, houses, etc. Surely you understand the difference between small targets and large targets, yes?
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And you are a fucking idiot who has all the brain power of a mentally retarded maggot. Why don't you shut the fuck up and go kick a bull in the balls?
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For all the adolescent and non informed posters not understanding why we do this on the boat here is why. These aircraft are NOT BOEINGS or Airbuses or Cessna's or Gulfstreams...they are extremely complex machines that live in a very tough environment and get thrown around the sky doing what they were designed to do. They are NOT 1 G birds, so they demand more that normal inspections and MX. Triple checking is the norm in NAVAIR. I speak from experience, 27 YRS Navy Mech/Aviator, 12k prof pilot
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