The cruise was long and stressful but I’ve finally made it home. I got hurt a lot, even some stitches on my chin. It got cut open while unloading a drop tank, which are those huge things attached to the sides and/or bottom of each jet. Those are really fuel tanks.
Okay, what I have for you are some pictures of our jets getting launched off of Kitty-Hawk a few days prior to pulling into port. Enjoy the pictures:
This picture was taken in Hong Kong when I left for liberty (free time away from work). I was riding in a smaller boat headed towards Fenwick Pier.
This is from the Eagle’s Nest, which is just part of what we call the “island.” Yes, we have a lot of aircrafts. From this view, we are looking forward of the ship.
Here’s someone on top of a Super Hornet doing some last minute leak checks after bleed air essential parts were removed and replaced. The guy on deck in the middle of the picture is signaling for a “trouble shooter” to do other checks or talk to the pilot.
This is just right before it is takes off from the catapult that is helping it thrust forward.
And away it goes.
Pretty cool stuff, ey? I have videos of when they start taking off as well, but they’re about 30 MB in size. Just too much.