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Mass Carrier Launch

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Footage from the U.S.S. Carl Vinson (CVN-70) towards the end of its operations in Syria and Iraq against ISIS during Operation Inherent Resolve.

This video by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Bleyl just screams SKY CANCER! 

 

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It's been a bunch of years since I've been on the flight deck of a Carrier.  Last time was around mid-2000s.  The Super Hornets were pretty new and the Tomcats were still flying in their twilight years.

 

I was with VMFAT-101 that trained USN / USMC aviators for the legacy Hornets (F/A-18A thru D) out of Miramar, so we did a bunch of Carrier Qualification Dets and all that.  I remember I an amusing event from that time.  I was Final Checker qualified and was with a bunch of our squadron's maintenance at the bow catapults waiting for our jets to pull up.  While waiting we were watching flight ops.  I was bullsh*tting with some Tomcat maintainers when on of their own Tomcats did a pretty hard landing, enough to shake the ship pretty bad.  The kind that would send a Hornet to pop some maintenance codes and requiring a series of inspections.

Me: "Well, I guess you guys gotta pull her back into the hangar for some checks on stress fractures, right?"

Tomcat Final Checker: "Naw man, he's good."

Sure enough, the d*mn Tomcat pulls up to the catapults like nothing happened.

Tomcat Final Checker: "Grumman tough, baby!"

 

There's always some interesting stuff out there on military aviation, especially out at sea.  Lots of stuff that the news will never cover.

 

The video made me remember working flight ops and maintenance and all that.  Then I remembered the work hours and long time spent on the flight deck, etc.  Glad that's done and over with.

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Watching that video made me appreciate the great work the men and women of the US Armed Forces do. Thank you for your service too HazeGrayUnderway.

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