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The Barrier
Posted By: Dewman, 01-11-2018, 01:03 PM

This is a series of photos I shot while aboard the USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) during the Vietnam War. If you look carefully at the first photo, you can see that the F8 Crusader was missing the left landing gear. After the fly-by, the barrier was raised and the plane made a belly landing. The pilot escaped with no injuries.

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01-14-2018, 08:00 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by cardinal43 Quote
Well done, Dewman. I was on the USS Oriskany CVA-34 about the time you were on the Ticondera. I served from 1964-1968 as a radioman, and served 22 months on Oriskany and spent a lot of time watching air ops. Saw 1 arrested landing (A-4 if memory serves me).

Cardinal43, we might have passed each other in the night! I too was aboard my old boat during the time frame you mentioned. Were you aboard when they had the disastrous fire in late '66?

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Sorry so late in replying. Been laid up with a nasty cold (but thankfully no flu). I came aboard the Oriskany as soon as she returned for repairs. Repairs were made at Hunters Point Ship Yard and repairs took about 5-6 months (I think) and most of the crew was assigned to other local activities. I was assigned to Armed Forces Police (mixture of AF, Navy & Marines) at Alameda Naval Air Station and we covered Oakland area and San Francisco area. Those of us assigned to patrol Oakland were required to spend our free time in SF and vice versa. Rationale was for us not to fraternize clubs and bars that we patrolled. Worked fine for me as I got to spend a lot of time in SF. As soon as repairs were completed we headed back to Yankee Station in Tonkin Gulf. We were on station when Forrestal caught fire. For the most part, I enjoyed my Naval service. Got out 2 months early so I could go back to college.
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Great story and shots, Dewman.

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