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An F/A-18 Super Hornet approaches an aircraft carrier at sea for what appears to be a landing. But the fighter jet only touches down briefly on the floating runway before climbing into the air, taking off gracefully after its brief encounter with the surface of the vessel. Some viewers assume this constitutes a failed landing attempt, but others note a crucial detail that reveals it is meant to be a touch-and-go excercise the whole time. Check out the video below to see if you can spot the clue.
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"No landing failure," writes commenter @wtuk.6. "He didn't have his tail hook out so probably just touch and go."
"Not a landing failure," agrees @wakaiojichan. "Just a practice 'touch and go.' Notice the tail hook is not down."
"He said never mind," says @andrei_desebrana.
"He forgot his phone at a bar," jokes @duanelgrno.
"He's lucky the momentum was still there," surmises @mcmxcvi.03. To which @biubiuboingboing replies, "They set full throttle when they land."
Video viewer @ulaaap14344 seconds that opinion. "That's not lucky, that's been the standard when they land," he says. "They set the thrust to take-off."
"His wife sent a text," quips @hashtown21. "'Who is Sarah?'"
User @ryouqt5 has a philosophical take on the video. "The mission failed successfully," he opines.
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