Watch these amazing F-18 night launches from an aircraft carrier

Here’s a really cool video of F-18s taking off from the USS Theodore Roosevelt at night. It’s so cool to see these flying beasts just kick off in an instant with flames burning at their tails. And it’s even more impressive to see this happen at night. With all that said, my favorite part of this video might be the night landing, though.

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Ha! What it MEANS is that the guys with bunks in the area where the !@#$ing catapult mechanism runs right through their compartment ain’t gonna get any sleep until that’s over with. (Then, again, I was on the CV-63 back in the 70’s so for all I know it’s better now. Hope so for those guys. I think that was the 3rd level above the flight deck and forward.) Still, pretty cool.