Former Reserve bud and now all-around bud (he’s still reserve) CAPT Jake the Snake passes on this gorgeous shot of an NAS Oceana F/A-18E Hornet in the landing pattern. He told me this was taken with his Droid! Zounds! Love that sun flare.
Entries Tagged as 'US Navy'
March 13th, 2012 · No Comments · US Navy
The Final Voyage of the Enterprise – By Mark Krikorian – The Corner – National Review Online. Related to the last cruise of the USS Enterprise, National Review Online’s Mark Krikorian mentions the petition that has been circling around for more than a few years about naming the next carrier to come off the ways [...]
June 16th, 2010 · 7 Comments · F-14 Tomcat, US Navy
I’ve mentioned this before, but it is amazing how small 90,000 tons and 1,000 feet of steel look from about 6,000 feet in the air. USS John F Kennedy, CV-67, Med. You can tell by the wake that the ship has straightened out from a starboard turn, perhaps to start the next launch.
January 7th, 2010 · 3 Comments · General, US Navy
Heading back to the ship after a low level over Sicily. Talking with the Italian air traffic controllers was always fun. I remember my Dad telling me stories about a precision-controlled approach (PAR) into an Italian field (whether it was his own experience or naval aviation lore, I can’t say) – where the Italian controller [...]
January 1st, 2010 · 3 Comments · US Navy
22 years and Bath Ironworks in Maine and Northrop Grumman’s shipyard in Pascagoula are STILL pumping them out! The article doesn’t talk about who this class of ship are named for – namely ADM Arleigh Burke, the unprecedented 3-term Chief of Naval Operations and WW2 destroyer captain (where he was awarded a Navy Cross for [...]
December 30th, 2009 · 8 Comments · US Navy
Another sun-peeking-through-the-rigging shot from Norfolk a few years ago. Those Iowa-Class battleships are as close as the Shoe community can get to having a ship about as pretty as an aircraft carrier. This shot is a bit deceptive, in that the beam (side-to-side for you lubbers of land) of the BBs is awe-inspiring and a [...]
December 29th, 2009 · 18 Comments · US Navy
Or, as I prefer to call her, the Washington Navy Yard Museum Ship Barry, or the ex-USS Barry, or “The ship at the Navy Yard”. Here are a few pics I took this morning when I got to work on a bitterly cold late December (27 degrees or so with one *wicked* wind blowing off [...]
December 26th, 2009 · 10 Comments · US Navy
Papa, in one of the comments below (the Christmas 1984 post) quipped: Those lapel insignias sure look like dollar $ign$ from a distance, don’t they? Must have paid AOC Candidates a LOT! Did it help while you were on liberty? In another one of those “I wish I had…” moments, I don’t have any of [...]
There’s a reason why, when we pull away from the pier, they say we’re “Haze Gray and underway”. Some shots of Old Glory and the Navy Jack in some…shall we say…less than colorful conditions. I know this next one looks like a nice blue sky, but it was spitting a mean cold rain the entire [...]
November 27th, 2009 · 3 Comments · F-14 Tomcat, US Navy
Or, as it is properly called, Primary Flight Control, or PriFly. The strategic (it could be best described) location of PriFly atop the carrier’s island lets the Air Boss and the Mini Air Boss keep a sharp eye out on all aspects of the flight deck, from the roundown on the stern to the very [...]