One of the things I did when I got to the Left Coast on a Saturday morning a couple of weeks back was tour the USS Midway (CV-41), which is now a permanent museum ship in San Diego.
But what I did like were the aircraft on display on the flight deck, including but not limited to the F-4 Phantoms there. (They have two.) And here, dear readers, is where blogger OldAFSarge got me in trouble.
the boarding ladders on the Phantom.
Now me being the curious sort, and afflicted with a terminal case of Touchus da Forbidinous, I just had to investigate these Phantoms more closely based on what he'd said. So when no one was looking...
Geez, that was loud. An entire docent-led tour nearby stopped and turned to stare at me as the docent stated the obvious: "Sounds like someone is playing with things that they're not supposed to touch!"
But I'm at my best when under pressure, and I thought quickly. Very quickly.
"Yeah," I replied, pointing across the flight deck. "He went that-a-way!"
At least the tour group laughed.
I did put it back in it's stowed position though.
And of course I had to go check the other Phantom of the flight deck.
After that though, it seemed like everywhere I went, there was a docent or two close by. But I'm sure that was just a coincidence. And if it wasn't, I blame Old AF Sarge.