Originally Posted by Cassandra
15 degrees is alot! When you take off on a commercial airplane, you are at an angle of about 3 degrees & we all know how that feels when you try to lean forward.
Actually the rotation angle for a jet airliner is between 5-20 degrees after rotation the plane gains some altitude and gets "clean"(flaps up, slats closed and gear up) at many airports the plane will then assume a climb angle of about 30 degrees. But your absolutley right about 15 degrees on a ship being a lot I'm sure glad everyone came through as well as they did.