WIM-Yeah, the A's needed AB everytime they took off, but they were still a serious competitor in the skyes. Even with grav fed engines. They were old, but the were the best 14's in the fleet. I wouldn't say the brass hated us. We were the only crazy bunch that would fix em and fly em. Yeah,
miss those days.
VFA-2 is in the same hangar as my squadron, just the opposite end. That was another thing that sucked about transitioning. We have to share a hangar with not one, but three other squadrons. Neh, oh well. Such is life. I will ask around. See if Beef is still there. I am sure my aircrew will know. Every time I hear Eagle pilot I switch out Eagle for Ego. Those are some serious birds. Thanks, and I will be sure to keep my head on a swivel when I am on the Roof.
RR- Oh. On a small boy. How was it having to "buckle up" when you went to sleep. haha Those boats are seriously cramped. I am sure you hated having to rescue stupid people, but I am sure there were some funny ones. There had to be a guy screamming, "Help. I'm drowning!" while he is panicing in his inflated float coat.
Here is a pic you must have seen beein a SAR.
Hey Man! You getting me all excited when you talk about the Turkeys / Tomcats! I love those things. They truly were last of a dying breed of true airplanes. For anyone wondering about Grav.Fed (I just can't resist), it means the fuel was fed to the engines by gravity, in other no real fuel pumps, etc. So... if the bird went into Neg-G, or dive straight down, or was under sustained inverted flight without positive G to compensate - her engines would starve. Also, the Tomcats were pretty heavy planes and you had better be running your afterburners on take off... or say bye bye! There was a guy who actually lost AB at take off at Miramar - not pretty!
If you run into the guys at VF-2, there's Jumba - he's a RIO, his driver used to be Ghetto. And Beef... well... like I said... you will know if you ever run into the guy.
A real funny story here... and advance apologies to AF guys.... or Ego Pilots. One day at Mirimar, an Eagle came in. Of course he announced himself and all that and came into the pattern. He came straight in - downwind with the runway. He is headed West right, and he just keeps going right past the field. Before you know it, the guy is over the Ocean, so tower calls him to ask where the hell does he think he is going. He is response is he was waiting for the tower to call his turns in the pattern...
Apparently, in the AF, they call the patterns / turns for the guys! At least, that is what all were led to believe.
By the way, I hear that picture was real!