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 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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