Why Aircraft Carriers Lost One Arresting Wire?


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Why Aircraft Carriers Lost One Arresting Wire?



We were curious why new aircraft carriers have only three arresting wires instead four on older Nimitz carriers. While the answer may seem obvious, the exact reason for this change is not what you think, or is it?

Footage courtesy of U.S. Navy used under the Creative Commons Attribution license. Thank you for that!

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  1. Can someone tell me whats the use of the wires before the last one? if they were not there the plane with catch the last wire either way so

  2. Racked under number 3 for 8 months on the JFK. Grew to where I could sleep even with that constant slamming on the deck. Every 90 seconds BOOOOOOM, caught another one.
    Watched a 17 year old kid learn the hard way about the rewind on the cable too. Back then the number three snapped back. Took the kids legs at his shins. Always stay forward of the wire, always.

  3. The omission of the 1-wire was allegedly to protect the mental health of the Navy pilots who catch them. Kinda like how YouTube removed the dislike counter from viewers.
    "Can't catch the 1-wire and get shat on if the 1-wire doesn't exist" – said a pilot.