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Carrier Flightdeck Ops
(1/13/14)EXTERNAL LINK: The video was made in 2010 while the Kingsville Squadron was at NAS North Island. "Hitting the Boat" --An excellent video of high quality that shows young aviators doing carquals.---Contributed: Jim Whalen
This is a 15 minute, color, expertly narrated video showing flightdeck operations.
USS Roosevelt (Rosy) I only did carrier qualifiers on CVA 42, of the 4 carriers I was on (#'s 42, 59 Med. Cruise, 65 Med. & world cruise, 66 qualifiers). It was the only one that had the forward elevator in the center and it had bunks 5 high in some compartments. Some good video, launch and recovery every one and half hours. Teamwork! Makes me wanna go back; where are my dog tags?? Sailors Till The End,-- Robert King
This cruise was the 15th Mediterranean Cruise 1964. CDR Robert A Komoroff, operations Officer mentioned early in the first video where it was taken at Cecil Field, was killed while on a sortie (see two videos later) on this cruise. He listed as one of those eight listed in my cruisebook who died during the cruise.
No, I didn't see myself or anyone I knew in the videos though it sure brings back a lot of old memories and loud noises from the flighdeck.
The carrier was enroute to the Med on April 28 1964 and returned to Mayport on Dec 22, 1964. Lost a blade from screw no. 1 on Sept 28 and arrived in Bayonne New Jersey on Oct 13 where the screw and shaft were replaced. Enroute to Cannes 10 days later. ---Greg Engler
Large video file (2 MB): High Speed Internet Recommended. TURN YOUR SOUND UP!!] Here is a video of a night carrier landing. The first light that you see is on top of the ship. As you get in closer you finally see the landing area. Off to the left of the landing area you can see the green datum lights for the "meatball" (the orange light in the middle of the green lights). This pilot is right on glide slope as the "meatball" is right between the green datum lights. If the "meatball" was high, then the aircraft would be high and if the "meatball" was low, then the aircraft would be low. Enjoy, Don Chapman
(Adobe .pdf format) Click for WW II Japanese: -Submarine Aircraft Carrier -Late WW II Japanese secret plan to attack the US & Panama Canal. -- Contributed by: Walt Quist
Rough Seas on the 90,000 ton USS Kitty Hawk- Video wmv file: Click here to see USS Kitty Hawk in a storm
The aircraft seen in the attached video is a helo from a deployed helicopter squadron (HS-14) based at the U..S. Naval Air Facility in Atsugi , Japan .... The carrier is the USS Kitty Hawk, based in Yokosuka , Japan . The 'Hawk' was underway for CQ (Airwing Carrier Qualifications) in the Sea of Japan during the week of March 22, 2008. The chopper seen on the ship's bow, tied down at helo Spot 2, is a Sikorsky SH-60F from HS-14.
The pilot had just landed on deck, and his helo was tied down on Spot 2 because the seas were too rough to move it to a safer place. Fortunately, it only suffered some minor damage (blade crutch support socket) and a lot of salt water intrusion from the sea. While viewing the video, please remember that the carrier's flight deck is approximately 60' above the ship's normal water line.
Navy photo (circa 2010) of "junk carriers" waiting their fate: USS Independence (CV 62), Kitty Hawk (CV 63), Constellation (CV 64) and Ranger (CV 61) tied up and waiting scrapping in Bremerton, Washington. "The idea of scrapping these ships will bring a tear to many old salts," Bruce Nason adds with this photo contribution.
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