LSO on CVA-67 1998
Location: U.S.S. John F. Kennedy CVA-67
Date: 02 MAY 1998
Photo credit: Bud Southworth
Description: The LSO Platform.
The Landing Signal Officer (LSO) platform contains the crew responsible for controlling landing aircraft. The LSO has radio contact with the pilot and an array of electronic devices to monitor the pilots approach which the sailor in white is adjusting. The black wall with windows is a windbreak for the LSOs as there is usually a 20 to 40 mile per hour wind down the flight deck. The Landing Signal Officer grades each approach and landing and visits each pilot after the recovery to discuss landing performance.
Carrier landings are the most demanding part of a Naval Aviator's life, especially at night.