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Me too, Pumpkin, on Forrestal, 0-3 level. Most of these guys have no idea how loud that is . . . or that you can learn to sleep through it.
That's awsome! They must have a huge hole in the seat for the pilots balls to fit.
Including LtJG Work. :grin
That must have been cool! How long after your first carrier landing did they switch from props to jets? :wink
"The greatest pleasure is to vanquish your enemies and chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth and see those dear to them bathed in tears, to ride their horses and clasp to your bosom their wives and daughters."
Small world. Yes, they were Vigilantes, RA-5C. Coolest jet in the Nav at the time. I was in Awbenny 'til 71.
I loved Awbenny. Drove through it recently. :hairraiser You wouldn't recognize it.
Not me, but this was my squadron, RVAH-6.
Same here on the Eisenhower. 03 level at the fantail. Yellow shirt duty on the Ike, Lincoln and then Kennedy. Good times!
Albany is bad now, after the Navy left & Firestone closed. It's an entitlement town now 80% black. We still have MCLB & P&G. If you left in '71 you dont remember P&G moving in around '73 & Miller beer bought the old Navy base 2nd largest brewery in the US. Most of the white people moved to Lee Co.
:hail:hail:hail:hail:hail:hail Ask any carrier pilot.
Toward the end of cruise. Non-skid worn off the deck. Last recovery of the night. You're directing me to the very aft of the fantail or forward on the bow. Nose over the water. You're pissed cause I cain't make the aircraft turn tight enough. I'm wondering if my flight suit will need laundering. :hairraiser
Explosive to shatter the canopy in the event you need to eject.
Have forwarded to my fellow seniors and military/pilot friends.
A southeast Florida laid back beach bum and volunteer bikini assessor who lives on island time.
How many carrier landings did you have Magot? I heard them say you take the training even if you never do it again?
Another president put a man in the Lady's bathroom.
447, but who's counting?
WOW !! :USA
3 times in a row without it falling off or clipping the
adjacent palm tree.
I bet the military was scrambling to get you to enlist after that feat.
That is ONE BIG BOAT!!!
FWIW, Awbeeny ain't that bad if you don't have to live there.
Unless you happen to be in jail at the time.
Cool video though.
Unless you happen to be in jail at the time.
Unfortunately for me, we had been towed out of the trash and deposited near spot 2 to launch and assume plane guard to relieve the bird with the damaged rescue hoist that had snapped while plucking the pilot and RIO of the F-14 who clipped the A-6. HAC decided he was unable to launch do to malfunctioning doppler (or something to that effect) and there was no being towed back to the trash as the barricade was already up so we sat there manning the H-3 forward of the barricade somewhat near spot 2 and NOT on the safe side of the foul line. Talk about compound emergencies.......yowza.
It was January on a dark night (zero moon) and we were blue water ops with 45 knt winds over the deck, 25ft seas with OAT around 40 degrees.
So, we successfully caught the F-14 in the barricade as I sat there in my wetsuit in the cargo door of the H-3 with the foul line painted on the deck just below my feet and with the cockpit extending out into the danger zone. What a view of events. Yeah, it's all on tape and all worked out.......did I mention it was my friggin birthday to boot....Jan 3 (won't forget that one). And also to make it even more interesting........the pilot making the barricade approach was hot mic nearly the entire approach and didn't realize it.
I need to convert that VHS tape to video. One of these days I'll post it up.
That makes me sick. Not gonna make any accusations, cause I wasn't there. Had a "similar" situation happen in the North Atlantic, blue water ops, of course. I was one of three alert 30's during a non flight ops timeframe. (Gotta be able to get airborne in 30 minutes.) Weather was dog crap. Zero zero, no kidding. Below minimums, even for a carrier. A Russian Badger was inbound to the task force. This was when the cold war was going strong. I considered it "real world," which it was. Figured I'd have to come along side and eject after it was over. The shooter was shaking his head as he launched me. I intercepted the Badger and escorted him around for a couple of hours as he made low passes over the boats in our task force. He finally went away, the weather was better, I was skosh on gas and got a tanker. When I recovered, I found out the other two alert birds went "down." (probably a "malfunctioning doppler or some such.") In the ready room I got a call from the captain of the boat. He thanked me for launching and said something about the guy who ate the first oyster.