Find the Wire

Air & Space Smithsonian - - In The Museum -

Dur­ing sea tri­als on the USS Nimitz last Novem­ber, an F-35C Light­ning II hooks one of the four cross-deck pen­dants— the Navy’s term for ar­rest­ing wires—that span the car­rier deck. The first wire is near the ship’s stern; the oth­ers fol­low at ap­prox­i­mately 50-foot in­ter­vals.

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