Footage of a ramp strike by an A-7E Corsair on the carrier USS Midway show just how dangerous a pitching deck can be for a Navy pilot.
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The video in this post was filmed aboard USS Midway on August 21, 1984. It shows US Navy A-7E Corsair II (BuNo 157495) belonging to VA-56 “Champions” bursting into flames after a ramp strike on August 21, 1984.
The pilot, Lt. Thomas R. Doyle, 24, was killed in the incident. The incident occurred in the East China Sea, despite a wave off due to a pitching deck.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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