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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3 December 1945 – This Day in Aviation

3 December 1945: The first landing and takeoff aboard an aircraft carrier by a jet-powered aircraft were made by Lieutenant-Commander Eric Melrose Brown, MBE, DSC, RNVR, Chief Naval Test Pilot at RAE Farnborough, while flying a de Havilland DH.100 Sea Vampire Mk.10, LZ551/G. The ship was the Royal Navy Colossus-class light aircraft carrier, HMS Ocean … Continue reading 3 December 1945 →

Source: 3 December 1945 – This Day in Aviation

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 

Attack Squadron One Two Two Reunion 2015

A gathering at the Fleet Reserve Branch 261, 788 E. D Street, Lemoore, CA and The Naval Air Station Lemoore CA………..

Lemoore was home to Missus ORPO and I from June of 1985 to March of 1989. We still treasire that time in our lives.

It was good to meet a few old shipmates……………..Errecart, Taylor and Edgren…………………………..

Errecart and Taylor and I did the World Cruise together on The Good Ship Kitty Hawk………………………..in 1987. Edgrenn was my Indoc PO and Ejection Seat/Cockpit Safety Instructor at VA-122 FRAMP.

Damn………..I ain’t a kid anymore…………………..

The first picture below………………..yes.

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I finally made it……………….yes, tears were shed.

122 Group and Jet 4 122 Reunion Flying Eagles Lin 122 Reunion Group 1 Argonauts CVW 2 Flying Eagles

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Late Addition.

The Picture of Me with John Edgren, Richard Taylor and Mark Errecart……………………………………..

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Shipmates

Showtime 100: This Day in 1972

I was a Senior in High School being two weeks shy of graduation when this happened. It was on the “local news” out of Great Falls, if I remember correctly. Maybe it was on Huntley-Brinkley………….Suffice to say that I remember it, vaguely. I was still 17. The registration for the “Lottery” was 4 months away.

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Yeah, I know how Cunningham turned out. He sold his soul based on his status. It shouldn’t overshadow what happened, though. I leave that to the reader to make his or her final decision.

The following is from AcePilots.com.

http://acepilots.com/vietnam/cunningham.html

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!

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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!
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Scorpion Red!
Stinger 100
Stinger 100, Factory Fresh!
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The Tease
the nose
The Nose
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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/

 

French Navy Etendards and a Rafale refueling from a Super Hornet

In recent joint operations of the Charles de Gaulle and Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Groups, someone got some really cool pics!

Operation Inherent Resolve

The French and American nuclear-powered aircraft carriers are currently deployed along with their battle groups to support strike operations in Iraq and Syria.

http://theaviationist.com/2015/03/10/super-hornet-refuels-rafale/

The Navy’s EA-6B Prowler Completes Its Final Carrier Cruise

From Jalopnik today.

They are pretty much gone now. I remember when the Prowlers came to The Good Ship Independence in the Spring of 1974. The squadron was VAQ-132, The Scorpions. My good buddy Darryl Hinkle was in that outfit. It was the first of four cruises that we made together over our careers.

The Garudas were the last.

At the end of my career, I was in VAQ-140, The Patriots who still have the distinction of having the most beautiful Prowler CAG Jet that ever served…………………….

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Here is the link to the article………………………….

http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-navys-ea-6b-prowler-completes-its-final-carrier-cru-1659101419

A History Lesson, Plane Pr0n and Ship Pr0n all in one.

I came across this on YouTube. HMS Ark Royal R09 in 1975 conducting flight operations in the Mediterranean Sea. I am not sure what time of year it was but in the late Autumn of 1975, when I was aboard USS Independence CV62, we conducted a cross deck with Ark Royal. In 1976, we did it again.

This ship is gone now………………as are the Phantoms of 892 Squadron, the Buccaneers of 809 Squadron, the Gannetts and the Sea Kings and the Turbine H-34……………………………..

The RN Phantoms were amazing with those Rolls Royce Speys and the unique afterburners and the very long nose strut extend for the short cat stroke on The Ark.

Hands To Flying Stations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

USAF: F-35 Engine Fix Coming

Since there has been so much interest regarding the F-35 program in general and with the C version making the first arrested landings aboard USS Nimitz, I thought I would toss this one into the mix.

Some Potential Solutions Being Tested By Pratt & Whitney, Official Says Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, the head of the F-35 Ligh

via USAF: F-35 Engine Fix Coming.

Training Squadron 26 Buckeyes

For some who follow they are familiar and we knew them well. North American had a winner here. Tough little jet. The first one fledgling Naval Aviators took to the ship. I did 22 months in VT-26 Airframes, three shifts sometimes six days a week. We had 70 airplanes assigned. Our Mid Shift did about five phase inspections a night……….The squadron flew 140 to 160 training sorties per day. Busy place.

Our Tail Code was C. We also put USS Lexington on the jets. The Bicentennial Jet was a special one and made the airshow circuit.

T-2C, 158583, VT-26, NAS Chase, June 1983, Friddell T-2C, VT-26 Ramp, NAS Chase, June 1982, Friddell T-2C, 158591, VT-26, Sept 1979, R Morgan T-2C, 158311 with 159715 (XO aircraft), VT-26, Mar 1980, D Balcer T-2C, 157057, VT-26, Dec 1979, F Garcia T-2C_Buckeye_of_VT-26_in_flight_over_Gulf_of_Mexico_1989 VT-26 T-2C in Tension on Lexington VT-26 T-2C Cat Shot from LexingtonI did make one Carrier Qualification Det to Lexington in the Summer of 1977. One week long and got a ride back on Casper The Friendly Ghost.

NAS Chase Field and all three squadrons of Training Air Wing 3 were de-established in the first half of 1993 a few months before I retired from active service.