I guess we could just rename them Beneteau catchers and move on.THanks
I never heard about the roll incident. I was on tin cans, 26 degrees would not be remarkable
I was a BT and took several rate exams on carrier catapults (and elevators) but never worked on them. For the BT1 exam I went over to the one then in Mayport (IIRC the Sara) and went over them for most of a day including crawling over the water brake (the brake cylinder itself is not in there but there's some kind of piping for it that I don't recall too clearly) and fwd spring retainer for the retractor.... in other words, INSIDE that funny-shaped thing sticking out the front.
Bu you can clearly see the bridle-caching function here!
( from http://thanlont.blogspot.com/2011/01/catapult-innovations.html )
We should probably hush up this kind of stuff since the Chinese are busy trying to figure out to run their own carrier and no doubt scouring the internet for hints!
FB- Doug (ex-BT1sw)