Category Archives: Aircraft Carriers
Took my family to USS Hornet last weekend, the aircraft carrier museum permanently stationed at the harbor in Alameda, CA. It was a blast! Even my wife liked it, even though she is as far removed from the Navy as a snowman is from a surfboard. After visiting the ship my son drew the picture of CV-12, complete with F-14 Tomcat taking off.
They have Halloween-oriented Haunted Hornet tours most days in October, so if you’re in the area go and get scared!
ACTUAL transcript of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. This radio conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on 10-10-95.
Americans: “Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.”
Canadians: “Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.”
Americans: “This is the captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.”
Canadians: “No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.”
Americans: “THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES’ ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH. THAT’S ONE-FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.”
Canadians: “This is a lighthouse. Your call.”
Catapult officer, known as “The Shooter” is responsible for directing catapult and plane launch operations on a modern Aircraft Carrier. The origin of the nickname is pretty apparent from the picture below
In 1986 the movie Top Gun came roared into theatres like an F-14 Tomcat. The movie centers on Maverick played by Tom Cruise, a hot shot pilot, who is sent to the US Navy’s Fighter Weapons school.
Why is this day important? Not because of Tom’s looks, but because of the F-14 Tomcat!
Despite being one of the most successful movies of all times, “Top Gun” had it’s share of tragedies. A stunt pilot and his plane crashed into the Pacific during filming and neither the body nor the plane were ever recovered. The film director Tony Scott has later committed suicide by jumping off the bridge.
Head to Top Gun Wiki for more info! http://topgun.wikia.com/wiki/Top_Gun_Wiki
Download some Kenny Loggins and blast “Danger Zone” as loud as you can today!
Read this article about the “Real Maverick” here: http://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/the-real-top-gun-32185/?no-ist