An airplane story of mine.
Back in the 70s I was in the Navy on an aircraft carrier. Both takeoffs and landings are interesting. For the takeoff a steam catapult literally throws the jet off the ship; the jet doesn't have enough power to take off by itself. For both takeoffs and landings the ship is steaming as fast as it can, into the wind. For the landings the jet has to touch down in just the right spot for the tail hook to snag these monster steel cables, called the arresting cables or arresting gear. When they snag one the cable is reeled out at a controlled rate. Because they may miss the cables they apply full power at the moment they touch down in order to keep going and try again. If things were slow in the shop where I worked I'd go up to the observation deck and watch flight ops. You often saw planes missing the arresting cables; it was obviously quite tricky.
One time I was on a Navy regular airline type of jet, 727 or somesuch, transporting a bunch of us sailors to San Diego. It was at night and a little foggy. The pilots that fly those probably have never taken off or landed on an aircraft carrier. We're coming in for the landing and for whatever reason the pilot didn't make the runway just right and suddenly we feel him applying full power and taking back off, doing what's called a touch and go. After all of us having watched aircraft carrier pilots landing on the carrier we were a little freaked out to think that this pilot was having trouble hitting the runway. The runway at an airport is huge compared to how small it is on an aircraft carrier. And it's not moving, and bouncing up and down. A true wtf moment.