Which arresting wire did Japanese carrier pilots aim for?

I’m reading an alternate-WWII story where one of the characters, an elite Japanese Navy fighter pilot, is routinely described as catching the first wire when landing his plane on a carrier. American practice was and is to aim for the third wire: catching the first wire is seen as a sign of a dangerously low approach.

What is the best wire to catch on a carrier?

Usually, the pilot aims for the third wire, as it’s the safest and the most effective target. The first wire is deemed too dangerous as it’s too close to the edge of the deck and if the plane comes in too low for the first wire, the aircraft could easily crash into the stern of the carrier.

Which wire do Navy pilots aim for?

the third wire

Pilots are aiming for the third wire, as it’s the safest and most effective target. They never shoot for the first wire because it’s dangerously close to the edge of deck. If they come in too low on the first wire, they could easily crash into the stern of the ship.

What is the cable on an aircraft carrier?

Cross-deck pendant



Also known as arresting cables or wires, cross-deck pendants are flexible steel cables which are spanned across the landing area to be engaged by the arresting hook of an incoming aircraft. On aircraft carriers there are either three or four cables, numbered 1–4 from aft to forward.

Did any Japanese aircraft carriers survive the war?

She was surrendered to the Allies at the end of the war and used to repatriate Japanese troops until she was scrapped in 1946.



Japanese aircraft carrier Hōshō

Class overview
Preceded by None
Succeeded by Akagi
Built 1920–1922
In service 1922–1947

Did WW2 aircraft carriers have arresting wires?

Bookmark this question. Show activity on this post. In the old days (during and before WW2), Carriers used arresting wires to help aircraft land. In fact this is still used today for jet-based carriers, but I want to ask about the old days with piston-prop aircraft because they go slower and generally make this easier.

What is an arresting wire?

: a wire cable that is stretched across an airfield runway or the flight deck of an aircraft carrier and that can be engaged by an aircraft’s arrester hook during landing in order to halt the forward motion of the aircraft within a limited space The ship is equipped with arresting wires which are capable of safely

Why did the wire snap?

Quote from video: But why did the wire snap to answer that we need to look at how a typical aircraft arresting system actually works which has three primary components the arresting cable the purchase cables.

Can you land a 747 on an aircraft carrier?

Large commercial aircraft like a Boeing 747 or an Airbus A-380 simply cannot fit on the deck without the wings clipping the island or other deck antennas, etc, not to mention requiring landing rolls of over 3000 ft even in the most extreme short field attempts.

How do fighter jets stop on an aircraft carrier?

Quote from video: In f18 typically hits the deck at over 150 miles an hour. To slow down pilots rely on a system of arresting wires catching one is called a trap. We have three wires we can catch. When our hook grabs

Did the Japanese throw American overboard?

After interrogation, and when it was clear that the Japanese had suffered a disastrous defeat in the Battle of Midway, O’Flaherty and Gaido were murdered by the angry and vindictive Japanese. The two unfortunate American airmen were bound with ropes, tied to weighted fuel cans, and then thrown overboard to drown.

Did all 4 Japanese carriers sunk at Midway?

The Japanese navy was devastated by the loss of four aircraft carriers — all of which had been used in the attack on Pearl Harbor six months before.

Could Japan have won Midway?

It depends on what you mean by win. If you mean “Japan doesn’t lose as many carriers and manages to take the island” then it’s probably ultimately a hollow victory. Midway had some nice strategic implications, but the real goal was to knock out the US Carrier Fleet.

Why do electricians cut some wires when they are trying to connect electrical wirings?

Most electrical jobs such as installing light switches or electrical outlets involve cutting electrical wires and stripping the insulation from their ends so they can be joined together. Never work on active electrical wiring without turning off the electrical power first!

How do you wire a stripped wire?

Quote from video: Put your wires together. Take a pair of linesman pliers. And give it a couple twists and this is going to make it just a very nice solid connection when you twist on a wire connector.

How do you connect a wire?

Quote from video: You're going to press them into the connector as shown. And then when you insert the second wire you're actually going to push that wire into the other.

Which wire is which electrical?

Here’s a rundown of electrical wires: The black wire is the “hot” wire, it carries the electricity from the breaker panel into the switch or light source. The white wire is the “neutral” wire, it takes any unused electricity and current and sends it back to the breaker panel.

Which color wires go together?

See Table below. The protective ground is green or green with yellow stripe. The neutral is white, the hot (live or active) single phase wires are black , and red in the case of a second active.



US AC power circuit wiring color codes.

Function Line, 3-phase
label L3
Color, common blue
Color, alternative yellow