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Rancho Roy

"BRING ME MY BROWN PANTS!"

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That's a serious pucker factor !!

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You would not have to bring me my brown pants.

Any pants I had on WOULD TURN BROWN :-)

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Not to mention the 8 sailors injured in this incident. Yep, congrats on having good reactions, as those saved you and your crew from a swim, the loss of an expensive flying machine. Cables have broke before...

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That's why when they land they immediately go to full throttle. Perfect example.

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The tale is apocryphal and I got this third hand.

Similar incident, only a Tomcat on landing.

Again -- cable broke -- the jet left the end of the deck and, just like this Orion, disappeared.

Just like this one, after about a year and a half, it reappeared, but it was low enough the engines were blasting twin furrows in the water.

Once it got some altitude -- maybe fifteen feet -- the pilot's voice came over the comm.

"Thank you, God, I've got it from here."

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"Bolter! Bolter! Bolter!" Hope nobody on the deck crew was too badly injured. Getting hit with the flying ends could cause immediate amputation...of legs or your head! :o:o :o

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And THAT boys and girls is one of the many reasons I joined the Air Force. Thank God for all you soldiers, sailors and Marines for doing the jobs that would leave every pair of pants I own brown. You have my never ending respect and admiration.

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Sharks and sleeping conditions were my reasoning

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I think I would trade most everything I own except my SASS guns to fly on/off a carrier. We have the USS Lexington as a museum about 2 miles from my house. I go for a tour every couple of years, and eyeball it every time I drive past thinking of what it must be like to do carrier ops.

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Perfect example of why a pilot never says quit... always fly it to the ground (or water) but NEVER EVER EVER stop trying to save your aircraft or the butts it carries. EVER.

 

 

 

EVER.

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