Q. Why do Navy airplanes need tail hooks?
A. After a tough day of flying on an aircraft carrier, the planes are always washed and they use the hooks to hang the planes over the side to dry out.
And kudos to the pilots, they didn’t even punch out…
This is probably off the USS LEXINGTON back in the day, it’s a TF-9F and probably the result of the wire breaking at the end of the roll out. Not enough airspeed left to go fly, not enough brakes to actually STOP before the deck edge. The landing area is roughly 425 feet long in case you wondered.