I wrote about my observations onboard the USS Nimitz, but when talking about an aircraft carrier, there’s the obvious question, “Where are the jets?” Here they are. Cue up the Top Gun music (it’s a must).
Unfortunately, there were no flight operations at night so I didn’t get to witness the skills of the pilots landing a plane in near darkness. Watch Colin Sato’s video of flight ops at night to see what I mean.
I love the orchestration as a fighter gets ready to launch. You see all the flaps start waving around then you see the guys on the flight deck do a visual then give the thumbs up. It’s almost theatric. The steam after the catapult launch is a cool visual as well.
These are my favorite shots.
My embarking to and from the USS Chester W. Nimitz CVN 68 aircraft carrier during RIMPAC 2012 was made possible via my nomination by Dennis Hall, founder of Avere Group LLC (www.averegroup.wordpress.com), through collaborative referral to him by Guy Kawasaki (www.GuyKawasaki.com) and L.P. â€œNeenzâ€ Faleafine (www.Faleafine.com). Dennis Hall initially submitted my nomination to the Public Affairs Officer of the US Navyâ€™s Third Fleet. The Public Affairs Officer then referred my nomination to the Office of Public Affairs, Commander, US Pacific Fleet. The US Pacific Fleet selected me for the Distinguished Visitors Program, inviting me to embark for about 24 hours during RIMPAC 2012.