An F/A-18 approaches the stern of USS Abraham Lincoln attempting an arrested landing.
A sucessful “trap”, the tailhook of the F/A-18 has caught one of the four arresting wires bringing it to stop.
This F/A-18 has missed the wires and flys off the waist cat section of the flight deck to loop around for a second try while several other Hornets await thier turn to launch off of one of the two bow catapults. Note the jet ready to launch just forward of the raised jet blast deflector near the right center of this photograph.
During WestPac 2000 I earned my Air Warfare “wings” having successfully completed the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Qualification