I remember this day well… the first ever barricade trap of an F/A-18 Hornet aboard USS Nimitz, October 24, 1997. I was onboard, and helped to rig the barricade for the trap.
The Hornet was from Marine Squadron VMFA-314, the Black Knights.
Basically, it went nearly-perfect. No fire, no deaths, and both the plane and the pilot were back in the sky within two weeks. Win.