F/A-18 Hornets & Super Hornets takeoff & land aboard the USS Enterprise

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    Helicopter of some kind. What ever they had back in the early 80's??

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    I was around and flew in CH46's , CH53's and Huey UH1's
     
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    AH-1 Super Cobra from Marine VMM266 squadron

     
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    I've logged quite a few hours in the cockpit of the F/A-18. Not the new super hornets, but the B/D models from the late 80's early 90's. It is an unreal rush to take a cat stroke off a carrier. Your eye's literally blur. I've also spend countless hours on the flight deck. USS Enterprise, USS Lincoln, USS Nimitz. And as stated, you keep your head on a swivel or your going to lose it. Admittedly my favorite was buzzing the nudist camp in So Cal, and targeting cars on the highway with radar and running practice bombing drops... Although Fallon Nevada was a ton of fun, as was Yuma. LOVE air to air !!

    Had an EA6B snap a tail hook and take 3 of the 6 Hornets setting on the 6 pack out. FULL of fuel / ordnance. That was a hairy day. I was standing on the #1 Cat final checking on the outboard side. The 6 ended up slowly falling over the side after the ejection seat's fired. Crazy.

    Had an Captain of another squadron take his first cat stroke in an 18. What he failed to realize is when loaded, they "settle" a little coming off the cat. He punched out and away flew a 18 in full blower off to the sky. It then proceeded to turn and head back to the carrier. OH CRAP were thinking. She hit about 1/2 mile off the Starboard side. Hit the water like a missile. Next thing you see is a rear tire flying up like 100' in the air. Nothing but pieces and very small parts. And to boot, he has his ankle retractable on backwards. Snapped both his ankles like twigs. He hit the flight deck and everyone had to pile on the schute tot keep him from being drug overboard into the screws. Ugly

    Sadly, we also lost a RP on his quails. It was one of those nights that there was zero moon. Couldn't see tell the water from the air. Somehow hew got inverted and flew her right into the drink. There's more to that story, but I'll leave it as is. Sad lost of a fine pilot.
     
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    To be honest, I was on an IV, and pretty out of it.
    I remember being strapped in the basket, because my ship was so old, the new helicopters couldn't land,
    so they winched me up to the helo.
    I remember seeing the Midway appear, it was beautiful.
    I also remember fighting over the TV. I wanted to watch flight operations, the others wanted to watch movies.
    It was just so amazing, even with all the dead time, I didn't want to miss a single launch or landing!!!!


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    Guys like Laddtwz are bad ass. They actually went and did something.
    I didn't do jack. Sat on my butt, nailed a bunch of hot little foreign girls and came home.

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    Did you participate in any Shell backs ??
     
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    Awesome stories, I dream of going up in a fighter!
     
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    No, like I posted many times, one of the things I'm upset that I missed :(
    We were heading to Africa in a few month's, so the Captain wanted to wait until we left for West PAC before having the ceremony!!
    We were 200-300 miles away in the Celebes Sea, and he made sure we didn't cross :(
    I did make the Golden Dragon deal, but that's nothing compared to being a damn pollywog for the rest of my life after being so damn close :(

    When my ship left for West PAC I was laying in the stupid hospital :(


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