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Posted By: Dewman, 06-01-2018, 07:46 PM

I was getting in my flight time hours and when I came in for a recovery, a buddy of mine in the greenhouse took my picture. Getting launched off the deck of an aircraft carrier and then coming in and snagging the cable is one heck of a ride for a 20-year-old kid! Better than Disneyland!

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Thanks for posting, I really enjoy seeing old military photos.
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Is that an old E-1? We had the E-2C hummers when I was aboard Connie.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dewman Quote
I was getting in my flight time hours and when I came in for a recovery, a buddy of mine in the greenhouse took my picture. Getting launched off the deck of an aircraft carrier and then coming in and snagging the cable is one heck of a ride for a 20-year-old kid! Better than Disneyland!
Very cool- must have been fun! Thanks for sharing

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And +1 for the F8 Crusader down in the corner.
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Thanks for all the positive comments. And yes, Kozlok.... the F-8 was by far my favorite plane on the ship! I've seen it do some high speed, low-level fly-bys at about flight deck level (60 ft +/- above the water) at near or faster that the speed of sound and it's impossible to describe the sensory overload of such a thing so close to you! When the pilot would pull up, you could actually see the wings flex from the G-forces! True story!

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Is that an old E-1? We had the E-2C hummers when I was aboard Connie.

Tom, I don't remember the exact nomenclature of the plane, but it was always in the air when we had planes flying over enemy territory. It was a "forward air controller," I think it was called. It's mission was to alert our pilots of any incoming enemy fighters. I've got one heck of a crazy story that happened during one of those flights that maybe I can tell about, when the time and place is right.
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Ah...what memories you're bringing back. I only had the "pleasure" of a launch (no landings) the day I left the carrier in a C2A COD (carrier onboard delivery) heading for Clark AFB, then on Travis AFB, then on to Treasure Island for discharge.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Dewman Quote
I was getting in my flight time hours and when I came in for a recovery, a buddy of mine in the greenhouse took my picture. Getting launched off the deck of an aircraft carrier and then coming in and snagging the cable is one heck of a ride for a 20-year-old kid! Better than Disneyland!
I love the prop blur.
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Don't carrier pilots describe carrier light landings as "sex in a car wreck"?
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Ah...what memories you're bringing back. I only had the "pleasure" of a launch (no landings) the day I left the carrier in a C2A COD (carrier onboard delivery) heading for Clark AFB, then on Travis AFB, then on to Treasure Island for discharge.

Tom, what a strange coincidence! I flew OUT of Travis AFB on a C-141 to Clark Field, then caught the USS Sacramento and sailed out into the combat zone and was bosun-chaired onto the Tico! Kinda' the reverse of what you did.

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Don't carrier pilots describe carrier light landings as "sex in a car wreck"?

Yep, I've heard it called that.... and I can somewhat concur, although landing in a E2C or a COD is far from what landing in a F-8 or A-4 is like! Those guys have cajones the size of basketballs! Especially during night ops. Imagine landing in the rain and wind at midnight, with the flight deck pitching up and down! Those men have my utmost respect. I think, if truth be known, they've got something very special in their DNA.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dewman Quote
Yep, I've heard it called that.... and I can somewhat concur, although landing in a E2C or a COD is far from what landing in a F-8 or A-4 is like! Those guys have cajones the size of basketballs! Especially during night ops. Imagine landing in the rain and wind at midnight, with the flight deck pitching up and down! Those men have my utmost respect. I think, if truth be known, they've got something very special in their DNA.
They wired up Carrier pilots with EKG and blood pressure and pulse monitors and their BP, adrenaline levels and heart rate were much higher doing carrier landings at night than when in actual combat. It is a tough business, and the ones who qualify love to let folks know why their egos are the size of the hangar deck!
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They wired up Carrier pilots with EKG and blood pressure and pulse monitors and their BP, adrenaline levels and heart rate were much higher doing carrier landings at night than when in actual combat. It is a tough business, and the ones who qualify love to let folks know why their egos are the size of the hangar deck!

Some of those men flew 3 missions in a 24-hour period! And, did it in all kinds of weather, at all times of the day and night. I can't even imagine something like that. Not in my wildest dreams!


During night ops, we still had to man the video camera in the greenhouse. It was so surreal! The flight deck lined with red lights and that's it! Just some dim red lights showing them where the edge of the flight deck was. Other than their perimeter lights on the aircraft, they were difficult to see until then were almost ready to touch down. Man.... you guys are sure taking me way back in time. I'd give anything if I could spend just one more day on the flight deck, between the launch rails and ducking when that roaring F-8 got shot off the deck! Just to smell the smells and feel my insides move around from the sound waves! What a rush!

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Last of the Gunfighters, now just a memory. The Crusader was a world speed record holder multiple times when the USSR and the USA used to compete to show the world whos aircraft were better. They had to refrigerate the Fuel so they could carry enough for both directions over the course in full burner!
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QuoteOriginally posted by SSGGeezer Quote
Last of the Gunfighters, now just a memory. The Crusader was a world speed record holder multiple times when the USSR and the USA used to compete to show the world whos aircraft were better. They had to refrigerate the Fuel so they could carry enough for both directions over the course in full burner!
And here I expected to see handcuffs and a jail cell - glad it's not!!
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