> In my day they consisted of a pulley system forcing hydraulic fluid through
> orifices. These orifices were adjusted to provide the right decelerating
> force for each aircraft type.
> I seem to recall that a disk brake system was proposed. I don't think that
> this was implemented in Royal Navy carriers, but may have been for modern US
> carriers.

An aircraft, upon landing on a carrier, does not appear to slip backwards at all under 
force of the arresting wire. It seems like a one-way spring.


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