ok, pilots are not allowed to play. everyone else is fair game... explain the emboldened statement: A jet plane taking off from an aircraft carrier is propelled by its powerful engines while being thrown forward by a catapult mechanism installed in the carrier deck. The resulting high acceleration allows the plane to reach takeoff speed in a short distance on the deck. However, that high acceleration also compels the pilot to angle the plane sharply nose-down as it leaves the deck. Pilots are trained to ignore this compulsion, but occasionally a plane is flown straight into the ocean. i'll post up in a few hours w/ the answer if no one gets it.