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From my own experience on a Navy aircraft carrier in late 1972 I was in awe of pilots like most staff officers. Probably the most exciting experience for a Navy officer other than, maybe, Seal duty. But these guys were getting their asses shot at almost every day flying from Yankee station. Very brave guys.
Then I find out Air Force pilots were in our air group. What the hell? Why would a Zoomie flying jets who could land in on a level air field in Thailand want to hook up with a bunch of semi-drunk sailors on a 300-yard platform bobbing up and down in the Tonkin Gulf? Then I found out.
Like most big balls college guys, they were nuts. Wanted more adventures. “Hey, lawyer, landing on this ship is like is a controlled crash landing. AF never showed us this stuff” So shut up and let them do what they wanted to do. Until it came to the PI shutdown and an AF major getting caught in the curfew. My next AF story.Published in