If a carrier-based airplane has a major issue and there are no airfields available, aviators are faced with two options. Ejecting or taking their chances with the carrier’s crash barricades.

Flight deck crew members spread out the crash barricade during a drill aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72)

The barricade keeps crews out of the water and allows for the possibility that the troubled Navy aircraft could fly again.

Even though barricade engagements are a rare, flight deck crews must train regularly to get them set up within minutes of being notified.

Crew members use a pneumatic wrench to release the safety hold bolts prior to raising the crash barricade

The first aircraft carrier barrier was just a set of wires about waist high followed by the Davis Barrier which was a shorter version of today’s barricade.

S-3A Viking approaches the crash barricade while making an emergency landing due to
damaged landing gear

Something more substantial was needed to stop jet-age aircraft and so the Barricade was born.

The barricades have saved lives and airframes over and over again and they remain an important asset aboard modern aircraft carriers.

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