360 video shows Jolly Roger pilot being catapulted from USS Truman

By COURTNEY MABEUS | The Virginian-Pilot (Tribune News Service) | Published: February 15, 2016

NORFOLK (Tribune News Service) — Ever wonder what it's like to be catapulted from an aircraft carrier?

A 360-degree video made by a strike fighter pilot aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman provides an extreme close up.

The pilot, a member of the Jolly Rogers, shot the video during a routine catapult launch, which allows aircraft to accelerate fast to become airborne within a short distance, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Candice Tresch said in an email.

This particular launch occurred Dec. 12 during a training mission in the Mediterranean Sea off the Italian coast.

Click and drag your mouse on the video to view the cockpit, the water and the Truman's 4.5-acre flight deck. On a mobile device, you can tilt and move it around to see all the angles.

The Truman is about halfway through a seven-month mission in the Middle East to launch fighter jets in support of the air war against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

The video, posted to 360fly's Facebook page Feb. 9, has been viewed more than 1.3 million times.


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Capt. Keith “Grumpy” Kimberly, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8 chief of staff, lands an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the “Jolly Rogers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). The event marks Kimberly's 1,000th arrested landing on an aircraft carrier, making him the 371st pilot to achieve this since 1911. Truman is currently underway conducting training for its upcoming deployment.

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