When every 40 seconds an aircraft hits the deck, there is no time to connect it with a towing tractor and push it backwards. You have to split the incomming aircraft one forward one to the aft to get the landing strip immediately clear. The aircraft will taxi on their own power to reach their parking position in the shortest time possible. After all aircraft are recovered, you respott the deck, rearm and refuel them, and than can bring them into the air again.If it is a training sortie generation exercise, would the nose be facing in after recovery if the intention is to refuel and then relaunch? I noticed typically USN aircraft are nose facing out. Am I missing something?
This is the scene after all aircraft are recovered and pushed from the foredeck to the stern for refueling, rearming, and a new departure:
Aircraft #120 is one, that seems to be recovered from the recent mission. Number #118 and #111 may be aircraft that remained on deck while the other aircraft performed the mission.