With Memorial Day a very recent memory, and the recent observance of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy Invasion, I had some time to reminisce about my own military service, and what it meant to serve in the U.S. Navy with various aviation units. Particularly, my time serving with the fighter squadrons while at sea aboard aircraft carriers are my best memories. I didn't enjoy being away from my family for all those days (all my days at sea add up to 4 years, 4 months, and 20 days), but I sure enjoyed the camaraderie of being at sea with my squadron brothers and the action working around jet fighter aircraft during flight operations on the flight deck.
So with that, below are some of my favorite videos that I usually post on my social media channels on Fridays. These depict the typical events that occur on the flight deck while we are at flight quarters. These videos feature the F-14 Tomcat, which is the airplane that I spent most of my career associated with. I give all credit for all of these videos except for the second one to the ViperJock1764 Youtube Channel. Excellent channel that does a lot of great military tribute videos.
Please keep our flight deck sailors in your thoughts and prayers. Whether in combat conditions or normal sailing, the Sailors and Marines who work on the flight deck during flight operations are working in one of the most dangerous environments on the planet.