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Discussion in 'The BS Topic' started by COPO, Mar 4, 2017.
What a rush this would be. Hey, where's Kirk.
When I was in the Marine Corps I was stationed a MCAS El Toro .And used to watch the F-4 Phantoms,EA-6b-.A -6.And a occasinional C-5 Gallaxies take off. And When I was on Okinawa I used to watch the SR-71 take off at night.
Must have given you goose bumps.
Miss working the flight deck, the A-6's would rattle your fillings out when they were on the cat, something about those J52 engines, the air shows were the best dropping ordnance off the port side of the ship, F-14's breaking the sound barrier as they flew by. Got to be hairy place at the end of cruise when the non skid was worn off the deck in the landing area. Recall an F/A-18 taxiing out of the wires, and then holding, for some reason the ship was turning and we all ran and pushed against the -18 as it started sliding across the flight deck towards the port side. Our helos parked by the Island in the helo hole got wacked when an arresting gear wire broke, few people got injured on that one too. Definetly kept your head on a swivel when you were up there.
Somedays just to get in the mood (and drive Cheryl nuts with the high pitch noise)
I crank up this video:
I also grew up in Oak Harbor ,Washington near Ault Field NAS Whidbey, During the 1970-77 `s. When I went to junior high and high school. I was also an NJROTC cadet. And an aviation buff .So I got to watch the EA-6B., A-6`s P2V Neptune and the amphibians fly around during that time. And during the 80`s while driving truck in Eastern Washington I would watch the A-6`s flying through the Mountains.500 ft above the deck.
Same here I was in the Marine Corps at MCAS El Toro in the early 80's and got to watch aircraft taking off and landing 24/7 365 flight ops
My favorite was the F4 Phantoms and the RF4B variants . even got to watch the CO's of MAG 11 and MAG 13 do in impromptu air show with a RF4B Phantom with a FA/18 A model during lunch hour in early 1983
One of my all time favorite F4 Phantom vids
EA6B Prowler terrain following @ 500' off the deck at over 400knots !!
I can't believe there is such a shortage of pilots. You would think guys would be waiting in line to apply??
I know if I could have passed the physical I would have been in line
Does it count I launched from the USS Sterett & landed on the USS Midway??
Was that on a C-2 Greyhound.