Aircraft Carrier Landings; in my old squadron VT-21
The more things change, the more they stay the same. In my book Vengeance, I write about students going to “the boat” for the first time. Watching this video not only reminds me of that, but my own experience as a student and Instructor Pilot and Landing Signal Officer. Seeing the same Red Hawk squadron patch that I wore.
And the ship number of the USS Nimitz in the background (CVN-68) takes me back to the days when I was out there waving (controling as LSO) with Drago, Roper, Hammer, Monkeybutt and the boyz.
The aircraft have changed, from the TA-4J Skyhawk:
To the T-45 Goshawk:
But not the kids, or the ships and certainly not the Navy. I went on to do a lot of incredible things in the Navy; I was very fortunate to be in the right places at the right time. Even so, it is my days in VT-21 I miss the most.