Ramp strike

A ramp strike or rampstrike is when an aircraft coming to land aboard an aircraft carrier impacts the rear of the carrier, also called the ramp, below the level of the flight deck.

Ramp strike of a VF-124 Vought F7U-3 Cutlass, BuNo 129595, on the USS Hancock (CVA-19) on 14 July 1955. The pilot drowned when the aircraft fell into the sea and two boatswain's mates and one photographer's mate in the port catwalk were killed by burning fuel.[citation needed] Photo by PH2 James Binkley.[1]

Damage from a ramp strike to the aircraft can range from broken hook or undercarriage to total loss of airframe; damage to the carrier can range from injured deck plating to a severe fire.


  1. ^ Editor, "Editor's Corner", Naval Aviation News, November 1972, Volume 54, pages 38-39.

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