China Lake Air Show

It was a small show. I was impressed by the way it was run though. The Blue Angels were there for their first show on the road. I have seen them so many times that I spend my time wandering through the static displays.

The Brits and Dutch had their Test F-35s under the canopies on the line.

BTW, I have disabled person plates on my vehicles and I parked about six spaces from the entry control point for ADA and VIP folks.

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These Stunning Photos Capture Night Ops Aboard The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 

America’s second oldest operational aircraft carrier, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) is hard at work in the Atlantic training with its escorts and air wing for its next deployment. Part of this training includes executing night operations, just as they would in combat. These photos capture this colorful but dangerous world in awesome detail.

I have worked the Flight Deck on three ships, Independence, Ranger and Kitty Hawk. I was a Fly 1 Blueshirt(Aircraft Handler) and an Elevator Operator/Sound Powered Phone Talker on my first year plus on Independence and in squadrons in the Air Wing of Ranger and The Hawk.

The first time I went up on deck at the age of 19, I was absolutely terrified. One learns to keep one’s head on a swivel. I still have a few scars left on me from a bounce down the deck when I didn’t turn fast enough.

Source: These Stunning Photos Capture Night Ops Aboard The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 

A giant gun marked with a skull and crossbones and a list of vessels sunk by its shells: Eerie pictures of a German warship and HMAS Sydney which sunk off Australia in 1941 along with 725 crew

From The Daily Mail comes this interesting bit of history……………………

“The first images of two warships which sunk after a deadly battle during World War II have emerged.

The wrecks lie 20 kilometres apart from each another about 200 kilometres west of Steep Point, Shark Bay in Western Australia, north-west of Perth, and sunk in November 1941.

The German raider HSK Kormoran and the light cruiser HMAS Sydney were re-discovered in 2008 with an expedition to the wrecks going out earlier this year.

Researchers from Curtin University and the Western Australian Museum captured 700,000 high resolution images of the two ships with the help of two remotely operated underwater vehicles lowered to 2.5km on the ocean.”

The German raider HSK Kormoran (pictured) was rediscovered and captured under the ocean 
The German raider HSK Kormoran (pictured) was rediscovered and captured under the ocean
Light cruiser HMAS Sydney (pictured) sunk after a deadly battle during World War II
Light cruiser HMAS Sydney (pictured) sunk after a deadly battle during World War II

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3158738/A-skull-cross-bones-marked-gun-called-Linda-list-warships-sunk-s-guns-Eerie-pictures-emerge-German-ship-sunk-Australian-coast-1941-725-sailors-died.html#ixzz3jHoitG50
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Flygirlpainter got it finished

Simply the best looking helo paint scheme I have ever seen…………

I thought the HSM-35 Magicians one was killer and I saw it at the Miramar Show.

This one is the best.

Scorpion 100 Bureau Number
Bureau Number
Scorpion 100 Dog House
The Dog House
Scorpion 100 nose
The Nose
Scorpion 100 tail 1
Left side of the pylon
Scorpion 100 tail 2
Left side
Scorpion 100 tail 3
Right side
Scorpion 100 tail 4
Tail Surface
Scorpion 100 tail 5
Tail surface close up
Shayne Scott Jim
Signed by the artists
Shayne with HSM-49 CO Bobby Brown
Shayne Meder and HSM-49 CO, Commander Bobby Brown

The Navy Helo Community seems to like Shayne’s work!

 

Flygirlpainter does her thing on a brand new 60 Romeo for HSM-49, The Scorpions

Shayne Meder

Master Sergeant

United States Air Force

Retired

Damn this gal does some seriously awesome work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

She is doing the HSM-49 MH-60R CAG Bird as she has done all of the Helo Squadron CAG Birds based at NAS North Island.

I asked her if I could blog the progress of this project and she said to take them from Flygirlpainter at Facebook and to go for it. I have done two at http://oldretiredpettyofficer.blogspot.com/ already. Then I realized that not everyone reads that blog, so I am saturation bombing on a less regular cycle here at ATJT………………….

Please enjoy, my friends!

another clue
Masking Off for all those colors
bad assery in progress
Lay out work
hammer time
Detail Stuff
here's looking at you
Business End
hsm 49 patch
Official Squadron Patch
masked all day
Masking the Pylon
peeps
She brought the Peeps!
scorpion red
Scorpion Red!
Stinger 100
Stinger 100, Factory Fresh!
teaser
The Tease
the nose
The Nose
the red is on 4 April 2015
The Red Is On

 

From theBrigade: USS Ronald Reagan visiting Pearl Harbor Memorial (25 HQ Photos)

As most of my followers know, I was fortunate to be able to spend a day on this Fine Ship last April 9(2014) with Christopher Goodrich and his Daughter, the WSO. It was, except for the marriage of my children and the birth of my grandchildren, The Best Day since I retired from the US Navy in September of 1993.

This is a somewhat solemn post as when we enter or leave Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Honors must be rendered with the Traditional Manning The Rail…………in Dress Uniform…………………….Attention To Port! Hand Salute………………………..Too!

In the old days we would exit on the opposite side of Ford Island and do the very same for The Utah.

Pride

Tradition

Service

A few samples follow………………………………

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The USS Missouri and The USS Arizona Memorial. The two ships that represent the beginning and the ending of World War 2.

It has been a long time since I have been to Naval Station Pearl Harbor……………………………Perhaps I should take Missus ORPO as we are approaching the sunset years……………

The full series of pictures are at the link below to theBrigade……………….

http://thebrigade.com/2015/04/02/uss-ronald-reagan-visiting-pearl-harbor-memorial-25-hq-photos/

 

The Aviationist » GoPro footage of French Aircraft Carrier Flight Deck Operations

Blue Water Ops. French style.

For the record, the wire mentioned in launching the Super Etendard is the bridle…………….It was used our carriers as well in the days of the Phantom, Crusader, Vigilante, Trader and Skywarrior in my early days in aboard the Forrestal Class Carriers Independence and Ranger.

The full story is at the link below.

The Aviationist » GoPro footage of French Aircraft Carrier Flight Deck Operations.

Sailor’s Christmas

Courtesy of Dan The Navy Man

A Sailor’s Christmas

For all you Christmas Sailors out there… ‘A Sailor’s Christmas’ is a track on the album ‘Christmas Island’ written by Jimmy Buffett.

Sail on the horizons, gotta landfall rendezvous
Captain steers a well known course, he steers straight and true
As he trims the sheets, he sings a song he learned on boats and bars
Sailor spends his Christmas in a harbor ‘neath the stars

He’s traveled through the doldrums, typhoons and hurricanes
He’s logged a million soggy miles with water on his brain
But Christmas is the season better suited for dry land
He’ll tell some lies, meet some spies and dance barefoot in the sand

The sailor spends his Christmas in a harbor on the hook
Caye con les, no work today, let’s shell the ol’ log book
The waterfront is reveling, the season has begun
The sailor spends his Christmas in a harbor having fun

There’s a party down at Le Selecte, music, rum and cheers
Faces in the shadows, God, I haven’t seen for years
A mast and shroud fill with lights ‘neath the waning of the moon
They’re an airy celebration in the realm of King Neptune

The sailor spends his Christmas in a harbor on the hook
Caye con les, no work today, let’s shell the ol’ log book
The waterfront is reveling, the season has begun
The sailor spends his Christmas in a harbor having fun

Jesus was a fisherman who walked upon the sea
The North Pole is ocean’s remote frozen balcony
The continents keep drifting but the children sing and play
‘Cause nothing really matters, after all it’s Christmas day

The sailor spends his Christmas in a harbour on the hook
Vaye con les, no work today, he read it in a book
The waterfront is reveling, the season has begun
A sailor spends his Christmas in a harbour having fun
A sailor spends his Christmas in a harbour having fun
Havin’ fun, havin’ fun, havin’ fun

Merry Christmas Shipmates!!!

 

The Aviationist » One of the most awesome pictures ever taken on board USS Enterprise: starry night over Gulf of Aden.

When someone asks me that question…………………Why did you join the Navy? Yeah. Where are you gonna see something like this? I have been in those very waters mentioned in article………………aboard Ranger and Kitty Hawk back in the 1980s.

Why?

Indeed. The Best Light Show is that which was made by G-d Almighty.

The Aviationist » One of the most awesome pictures ever taken on board USS Enterprise: starry night over Gulf of Aden..

I can say that at the age of 60 that there are days that I miss it terribly………………………………

Can We Learn Something From The Defunct A-7F ‘Strikefighter?’

Can We Learn Something From The Defunct A-7F ‘Strikefighter?’.

“The A-7 Corsair II, known also as the SLUF, as in “Short Little Ugly Fucker,” was a conservative balance of economy, persistence, payload, and technology, and its final design evolution, the A-7F, could have been the right fighter for the wars to come in the new millennium.

The A-7 was designed in the early 1960s as an attack-focused offshoot of the Navy’s legendary F-8 Crusader. One could easily venture to say that America could learn something from the meager SLUF, and especially its proposed last iteration, some two decades after it’s retirement from US inventories. The original A-7 was a purpose-built bomb truck, which leveraged a large fuel load, highly efficient turbofan engine, simple airframe design and affordability across the board.

All this came at the expense of Mach-one-plus fighter jet speeds and extreme maneuverability, yet this sacrifice was offset by the most cutting edge installed avionics suite of its day.”

I did a tour in an A-7E Squadron from 85 to 87, VA-147-Argonauts. Good platform. The Air Force had gotten into that fast and high thing………….Fighter Mafia. SLUF could have been good for what ails the Air Force. I work F-16s and the light weight, cheap concept from it’s beginning shows………………………..

Jeff Hollenbeck sent me this link.