Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Opportunity lost...and maybe it's a good thing

So ex-Forrestal is departing Philadelphia today (story below), and locally, the public has been advised of the best times and paces to get a last look at her during the 18-hour tow down the Delaware River.

But for the weather and my leg, I'd have loved to do a fly-over and shoot some photos of that naval legend from above as she departs. Still, it might be just as well, for the idea of one final touch-and-go on her angled flight deck would be tempting indeed.
"November XXXXX is turning base to final for CV-59..."

I gotta think that there's probably a law against it, but since she's already been sold and is no longer Navy property, what's the worst that they could get me for?

Yeah, sometimes bad weather and a bum leg are a blessing in disguise.

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  1. Yeah, prob'ly not the best idea ... but I can understand why you'd be tempted. :) On the other hand, she might burst into flames one last time.

    (Sailors of a certain generation will get that one...)

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  2. That would be tempting!
    You may well have run across this film before, if not you might be interested, nice combination of airplanes, aerial filming, and WWII
    http://www.youtube.com/embed/ie3SrjLlcUY

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    1. I have seen that one before, but it's still good. Thanks.

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  3. Good bye, old girl.

    Thank you for your service.....

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  4. My old friend who was our wedding photographer, had sailed on the Forrestal at one point.

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  5. Not what you'd want to do, trust me... And a sad end to a great boat...

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    1. Oh I WANT to do it...I'm just pretty sure that if I do, something bad will follow. Of course I've been checking the FARs and there's nothing in there about landing a Cessna 172 on a decommissioned aircraft carrier under tow.

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  6. Full stop or touch and go?

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    1. At least a touch and go, but it that goes well and the ship appears unattended, it might be a decent opportunity to come back around again, shut down and spend a few minutes souvenir hunting or picture-taking.

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  7. I understand what you are saying.But I think it would come back and bite your rear

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  8. If you had landed aboard her, the arresting gear would have been gone, but the arresting officer would have been waiting for you when you got back to base . . .

    ;-)

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    1. Yeah, I'm sure there'd be hell to pay for an adventure like that...but damn.

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  9. Still and all. That would have been EPIC!

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  10. Three-inch high registration, my friend. Right over the tail. In "you call that contrasting?" colors... cursive is even better...

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