U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard/Released

VIDEO: Landing on Carrier in Rough Seas

This video shows the challenge naval aviators face when attempting to land on an aircraft carrier in rough seas.

There’s a reason Navy carrier pilots are so cocky.

Their jobs would be challenging if they were just steering small hunks of metal through the air at high speed in combat, but they also take off and land on huge floating hunks of metal moving at low speed through the waves.

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Most people only see successful carrier landings, but they can go horribly wrong. (GIF: YouTube/Superfly7XAF)

In this video from PBS, the already challenging task of landing on a floating deck gets worse in rough seas. With large waves striking the USS Nimitz, the flight deck pitches dozens of feet up and down, making the pilots’ jobs even harder.

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