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|The Sky continues to darken.
on earth and my heart rest.
But that's just me.
There are many
crew members still hard at work.
We work 12 hours on and 12 hours
off, seven days a week.
The shifts start at 0800 and end at 2000.
When your not at work, what do you do.
There is a school called Chapman College on the ship. I studied mathematics while out to sea. We also had a nice library, a real good weight room, a camera / music store, barber shops, and a lot of things to look at to keep your interest. On the media side, we had several TV stations which covered movies, music, and flight ops. That's right! Every aircraft launch and recovery were video taped and you could watch it live with a sense around system like you wouldn't believe. When a plane took off you felt the whole ship shake. The afterburners were not only on tv, they were ten feet above your head creating the sound of the God almighty.
This was something that you had to experience yourself because there is no discription, no movie that can make it real for you. One minute you're looking at a beautiful sunset, the next second a jet fighter lights its afterburner and cranks up over 42,000 lbs of thrust. This is the sound of the God Almighty. The ship shakes and your body vibrates from within. You can feel the power building more and more then suddenly there is a quick release. The jet shoots down the catapult and you feel the catapult shuttle come to the water brake at the end as the plane is launched off the deck. It's great! A totally fantastic experience and power rush, then back to the tranquility of the sunset as the jet disappears into the darkness of the night.
|Click Here's a little story that a person
jogged out of my memory today when they talked about going to the beach in
I miss going to the beach. In California, I used to go to the beach and sit and watch the waves coming over the rocks. There were some old ship wrecks that I found out were from Sir Francis Drake. There are so many wonders at the beach, it's at the edge of another world.
I used to live on a ship myself for a
It was absolutely fantastic.
We were in a Typhoon where the waves
were coming over the flight deck.
It was an Aircraft Carrier that I lived on,
so the waves were very, very big, bigger than any that I have ever seen.
time we caught on fire and burned for three days.
John saw a movie about the
fire, but I never thought that they ever made one about it.
One time we were
down by Singapore and we were out to sea for thirty five days without seeing any
The captain said that we were going to take a day off.
So we stopped the
ship and had bands playing all over the flight deck.
We had a special picnic
type of dinner and six thousand guys had a great time.
I have pictures of this
on my website.
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