the pilot hangs onto a handhold on the right side of the plane. He doesn't do anything. The plane takes itself off. Once he's beyond the catapult is when he takes over. The first thing a new pilot who first experiences this says is usually,
including women pilots, and in spite of radio rules. Of course, everyone in the ready room is poised at the speaker waiting for this.
I thought this was a passenger.
were single seat. The F/A-18B, F/A-18D, and F/A-18F (The Super Hornet) were the dual seat models. I've tried to find production numbers though I've found nearly every other spec. This would tell the likelihood that we were looking at an A/C/E model vs a B/D/F model. One source says only 40 duals were made, but I'm not believing it.
In some other vids you can see this more clearly. I've got a 4 part DVD set of a year on a carrier where that's what they do over and over and over. I just tried to find it so I could cite it, but to no avail. Guess I'll be searching for the next hour.
You are correct, I could clearly see the movement of the pilot's upper arm and matching response of the plane.