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The F-14 Tomcat

Occasionally we had civilians (usually dignitaries) get a ride in a jet off of the Kitty Hawk.  The story in the snippet below was a frequent description upon their return. Click the link and read the whole thing. It’s a … Continue reading

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Black Balls. Yes, we must talk about it.

We do need to talk about black balls — don’t worry guys, not that kind!  This is a “sea story” and like sea shanties, such stories are often full of fantasy … but this one is true. The setting is … Continue reading

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It was a dark night and the sea was raging

Seas were running 70 feet and even in the dark of night we could see glimmers of light as the typhoon whipped spray from the tops of wave crests and they were bathed in the occasional moonlight that escaped the … Continue reading

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I think I was there … at Top Gun

It was a fairly routine day, as if there is anything remotely resembling routine on an aircraft carrier.  The ‘Hawk, U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, was at the time the No. 1 attack carrier in Uncle Sam’s canoe club.  It was 23 … Continue reading

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Splash one more

I’ve guessed that the movie Top Gun is loosely based on the seizure of the U.S.S. Pueblo by the North Koreans in 1968 and have written about that.  I think that the dogfight is highly reminiscent, but obviously not based … Continue reading

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