USS Nimitz Flight Operations

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.


Flame on!


Two launches


Look at the call sign of “Pete” Mitchell


The steam adds a cool visual


Here comes the bulky E2C


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 (, through collaborative referral to him by Guy Kawasaki ( and L.P. “Neenz” Faleafine ( Dennis Hall initially submitted my nomination to the Public Affairs Officer of the US Navy’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.

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6 Responses to USS Nimitz Flight Operations

  1. Tom July 24, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    Good stuff from your trip. Seems like you had quite a few minders making sure you didn’t wander away during flight ops 🙂

    • Gee Why July 24, 2012 at 10:49 am #

      Yeah, you know it! There were about 4 to 6 crew members escorting us around. Without them, we’d sure get lost in the passageways. We were taught how to decipher “target” signs but still. Some of our group managed to get separated on a few occasions. Following the “guy in digtal camo Navy Working Uniform” doesn’t help too much while on board. 😉

  2. NEENZ July 25, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    The steam photo is awesome! Had I not read the caption, I would have thought…oooh just like Back to the Future! 🙂

    • Gee Why July 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

      Can you imagine how hot it must be out on the deck? Then having all that hot steam pass on by.


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