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San Diego, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Bridle-Arrest “Horns”

 
 
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By Denise Boose, December 13, 2015
1. Bridle-Arrest "Horns" Marker
Inscription. Until the 1980's, carriers launched aircraft with a wire cable, or bridle, which pulled the aircraft down the catapult track. At the end of the track the aircraft detached from the bridle as it flew off the bow. After the aircraft separated, the bridle would swing down and bounce off the flight deck. To prevent the bridle from bouncing back up and striking the aircraft, a bridle-arrest sponson was placed at the end of each catapult track, angled downward to provide a surface below the plane of the flight deck for the bridle to strike. Today, carrier catapults pull the aircraft by its nose gear and bridle arresting sponsons are not necessary. However, the Midway still retains her "horns" as vestige of an earlier era in carrier aviation.
 
Location. 32° 42.826′ N, 117° 10.592′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California. Marker is on North Harbor Drive, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located on the USS Midway flight deck, stern. Marker is at or near this postal address: 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego CA 92101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation (a
Bridle-Arrest "Horns" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, December 13, 2015
2. Bridle-Arrest "Horns" Marker
few steps from this marker); a different marker also named San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation (within shouting distance of this marker); Clifton A. F. Sprague, Vice Admiral, USN (approx. 0.2 miles away); United States Aircraft Carrier Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
 
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By Denise Boose, December 13, 2015
3. Bridle-Arrest "Horns"
Bridle-Arrest "Horns" image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, December 13, 2015
4. Bridle-Arrest "Horns"
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By Denise Boose, December 13, 2015
5. Bridle-Arrest "Horns"
Bridle-Arrest "Horns" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, December 13, 2015
6. Bridle-Arrest "Horns" Marker
There are two of the same plaques located by each "horn".
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2018, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 31, 2018, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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