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Flybyknight22
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That T38 Talon looks like a cool jet.

Yeah Jeff the Talon does look slick.

I could be wrong but I think NASA keeps a few of these around for the astronauts to keep their flying skills sharp.
And on the 8th day God said: "Go NAVY",.. and it was good! Pray like everything depends on God. Prepare like everything depends on you.
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SukhoiLover
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On 21 September 1956, during a test-firing of its 20 mm (.79 in) cannons, pilot Tom Attridge fired two bursts midway through a shallow dive. As the velocity and trajectory of the cannon rounds decayed, they ultimately crossed paths with the Tiger as it continued its descent, disabling it and forcing Attridge to crash-land the aircraft; he survived.


I knew a guy who had done some time in Nam (F-102s and F-5s) who told me, "A kill's a kill!"
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Flybyknight22
Hmmmm,...

That sounds like something Captain Big Mac would say! I’m certain,.. He would like that in a pilot.
And on the 8th day God said: "Go NAVY",.. and it was good! Pray like everything depends on God. Prepare like everything depends on you.
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whatmovesyou
Use to give you sonar guys practice with the subs. Flew over the ship(s) on your designated heading and used the "mad" gear and drop smoke buoys so the sub could be tracked in speed and distance away.

Biggest mistake on our crew was when mad operator called it and dropped on the first count. That was when we flew over the ship(not the sub) at a given direction and then the second call (madmen,madmen, madmen) was the sub. It landed in the ship's stack and caused quite an uproar. Sure lucky that it didn't hit a swabby.
I like to design and fly unique planes.
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Flybyknight22
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Use to give you sonar guys practice with the subs. Flew over the ship(s) on your designated heading and used the "mad" gear and drop smoke buoys so the sub could be tracked in speed and distance away.

Biggest mistake on our crew was when mad operator called it and dropped on the first count. That was when we flew over the ship(not the sub) at a given direction and then the second call (madmen,madmen, madmen) was the sub. It landed in the ship's stack and caused quite an uproar. Sure lucky that it didn't hit a swabby.

Very cool WMY!

I sailed the world’s oceans above and below sea level, until I ran out of planet.

I worked with P3 Orion crews flying out of Brunswick Main, NAS JAX, Sigonella Sicily and other locations for many years.

My crew and I won several “Hook Em” awards and numerous ASW A’s while embarked on McCandless. Here is one presented to me by Commander United States Sixth Fleet in June 1982:
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The USS McCandless was once the Navy’s very best ASW platform for about 5 years. Whenever there was a problem somewhere in the world, my boys and I got the call. Unfortunately because of that, I never got to see much of the continental United States or my family in those days.

I spent many years on towed array vessels doing “Spec Ops” around the world.

We would find them and then call P3s out to run our traps

I never called a P3 out, that didn’t get a,...
“MAD MAN!, MAD MAN!, MAD MAN!”

Here are a couple photos of me with the Secretary of the Navy while underway after a mission in “Sonar Control”. I guess he needed to come see for himself

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I wasn’t in Gator wrestling shape back in those days but I do miss the 28 inch waist from time to time

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And on the 8th day God said: "Go NAVY",.. and it was good! Pray like everything depends on God. Prepare like everything depends on you.
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Flybyknight22
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Use to give you sonar guys practice with the subs. Flew over the ship(s) on your designated heading and used the "mad" gear and drop smoke buoys so the sub could be tracked in speed and distance away.

Biggest mistake on our crew was when mad operator called it and dropped on the first count. That was when we flew over the ship(not the sub) at a given direction and then the second call (madmen,madmen, madmen) was the sub. It landed in the ship's stack and caused quite an uproar. Sure lucky that it didn't hit a swabby.

WMY,

Ever wonder how the HORNET actually got it’s name?

Ambassador William Middendorf in the picture above had an interesting career and had tremendous influence on the United States Navy, The F/A-18 HORNET was just one

He was the prime mover of the FA-18 Hornet program. The plane was named because of his ancestors. He championed the F/A-18 carrier-based fighter attack aircraft—which Middendorf arranged to have dubbed "Hornet," as a tribute to his Revolutionary War ancestor merchant-shipping Captain, William Stone, who donated two ships to the fledgling Navy which were then renamed "Wasp" and "Hornet."

I guess him being photographed with me didn’t hurt his career too awfully bad because:

He served as Ambassador to the Netherlands.
He served as Under Secretary of the Navy
He served as Secretary of the Navy

He championed other important Navy programs including the OHIO-class ballistic missile submarine, the companion Trident missile, the Aegis surface-launched missile system (which became the Navy's longest-running construction program; the 100th Aegis-equipped ship was delivered to the U. S. Navy in 2009 and systems are now in service with five allied navies).

During his tenure as SecNav, (besides the highlight of his photo/selfie with me ) is that Middendorf helped increase the Navy budget by 60 percent while the Army and Air Force budgets remained relatively flat. (Oops sorry boys)

He headed the CIA transition team in 1980 for incoming President Ronald Reagan.

He was Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the Organization of American States (OAS), with the rank of Ambassador.

He served in the post until 1984, when he accepted appointment as U. S. Representative to the European Community (known today as the European Union) serving until 1987.

He also served on active duty with the Navy during World War Two.

Danged if the old boy ain’t still kicking at age 93!
And on the 8th day God said: "Go NAVY",.. and it was good! Pray like everything depends on God. Prepare like everything depends on you.
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I have a friend that flew on a P3 in the Navy. My closest affiliation was building a P3 model in high school. (Most of it anyway.. I don't remember finishing it..)
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whatmovesyou
Ended up losing a lot of weight when I was sick(down to 140). One thing nice is my flight jacket that has been hanging in the closet for a lot of moons now fits me. So when I go flying Rc's, I now wear the leather jacket with the VP badge still on it.

When the Nautilus was commissioned, had fun using Jezebel to track it's speed!!!! on it's shakedown. Use to drop mail to the crew after the exercises at sea. Now it is retired in Groton, CT after all these years just like me. Boy, the money that was spent during the cold war time. Use to go after the Russian subs and track them for practice when they were firing missiles from the Cape. Good days.
I like to design and fly unique planes.
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I have a friend that flew on a P3 in the Navy. My closest affiliation was building a P3 model in high school. (Most of it anyway.. I don't remember finishing it..)


Use to fly in the P2V's. Had over 1400 hrs in the air.
I like to design and fly unique planes.
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Flybyknight22
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Use to fly in the P2V's. Had over 1400 hrs in the air.

The Mighty NEPTUNE!

Now that is a blast from the past.
And on the 8th day God said: "Go NAVY",.. and it was good! Pray like everything depends on God. Prepare like everything depends on you.
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Flybyknight22
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Ended up losing a lot of weight when I was sick(down to 140). One thing nice is my flight jacket that has been hanging in the closet for a lot of moons now fits me. So when I go flying Rc's, I now wear the leather jacket with the VP badge still on it.

When the Nautilus was commissioned, had fun using Jezebel to track it's speed!!!! on it's shakedown. Use to drop mail to the crew after the exercises at sea. Now it is retired in Groton, CT after all these years just like me. Boy, the money that was spent during the cold war time. Use to go after the Russian subs and track them for practice when they were firing missiles from the Cape. Good days.

I worked with the Nautilus on a number of research exercises.

Last time I walked her decks was at Rotten Groton when she was turned into a museum piece.

Didn’t get my picture taken with anybody that time though,.. bummer, unless you count the one taken with Dick Cheney when he was SecDef

I heard somewhere he made VP.

I think He’s still upset that I didn’t invite him to my Master Chief pinning but I did run into the old boy at the Naval Annex in D.C. when I was at BuPers (Bureau of Naval Personnel) as the Navies Sonar Tech Detailer, Pers-406B

My how time flys
And on the 8th day God said: "Go NAVY",.. and it was good! Pray like everything depends on God. Prepare like everything depends on you.
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