Al­most All Hands on Deck

Air & Space Smithsonian - - In The Museum -

Ca­bles are steel strands braided around a polyester core and weigh 3.72 pounds per foot. An ar­rest­ing wire can han­dle 205,000 pounds—and its pur­chase ca­ble up to 215,000—be­fore break­ing.

Con­nect­ing, reweav­ing, and re­plac­ing ca­bles and emer­gency bar­ri­cades take a fleet of sailors, be­gin­ning with a hook run­ner to en­sure that the ar­rested air­craft is dis­en­gaged. This group is stow­ing ar­rest­ing wires and a bar­ri­cade.

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