Ramp strike

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Ramp strike of a VF-124 Vought F7U-3 Cutlass, BuNo 129595, on the USS Hancock (CVA-19) on 14 July 1955. The pilot was killed, as were two boatswain's mates, one photographers mate, in port catwalk by burning fuel.[1] Photo by PH2 James Binkley.[2]

A ramp strike is a when an aircraft coming to land aboard an aircraft carrier impacts the rear of the carrier, also called the ramp, below the level of the flight deck.

Damage from a ramp strike to the aircraft can range from broken hook or undercarriage to total loss of airframe; damage to the carrier can range from injured deck plating to a severe fire.


  1. ^ "F7U Cutlass Ramp Strike". LiveLeak.com. 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  2. ^ Editor, "Editor's Corner", Naval Aviation News, November 1972, Volume 54, pages 38-39.

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