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Old 11-17-2015, 01:25 AM   #1
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Old 11-17-2015, 01:31 AM   #2
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:26 AM   #3
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Were those pictures taken during a sea trial? Crash back testing?
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Old 11-17-2015, 08:54 AM   #4
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Were those pictures taken during a sea trial? Crash back testing?
Looks like it.
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As a plank holder on the JFK I recall those days. We sometimes felt the pressure placed on the crew of the Kennedy to uphold the name just a few short years following his death.
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Connie sailor here....and yup, do remember those days right after the Bremerton refit 82-84...fun times!
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Old 11-17-2015, 10:23 AM   #7
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Wow, hope they had everything tied down!

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I watched the Enterprise in the first Gulf War go by with a bow wave to the flight deck and a rooster tail even higher. Eight reactors at full song. Wish I had a photo!
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Old 11-17-2015, 11:42 AM   #9
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We clocked the big E, if memory serves, at over 55 knots.
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The real men were us on the destroyers trying to keep up in heavy ( to us not them) seas. Geen water on the bridge windshields? Ouch.
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Connie sailor here....and yup, do remember those days right after the Bremerton refit 82-84...fun times!
The Connie was the only carrier I ever landed on. She was just coming out of dry dock in the Philadelphia Navy yard for a PR cruise on the river. Think it was the late 80s maybe mid 90s.

All I I remember is I had a SAR case and requested immediate launch, flight cleared me right into Philadelphia International airspace and they reamed me good.

All good though..felt honored to land on such a great and we'll honored ship....
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Tale I heard was the E caused a disaster alert in Hawaii on the way home from Yankee Station, they pick it up on radar an thought a tidal wave was approaching. Also seem like they left station and four days later the Stars and Stripes had a photo of it going under the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Old 11-17-2015, 01:55 PM   #13
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Drifting........Navy style

Pretty we clocked her at 60+.
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I spent the better part of a week filiming on the Constellation in the mid-80s. She was 1,000 miles out or so from the west coast so they flew us and our gear out and back on a COD. The flight out was interesting--- the COD had an all-girl crew. They couldn't serve on ships at the time but they could fly out and land on them.

The Constellation was the first carrier to be equipped to handle the F-18 which is why we were out there. Boeing and McDonnell-Douglas were separate companies back then but we (Boeing) had just purchased a company in SoCal that made hydraulic actuating units that were used on the controls surfaces of all our airliners, the F-18, and helicopters. I was charged with producing a marketing film for the company and I wanted to get in-action shots of F-18s operating off carriers. The Navy agreed to fly two of us out to the ship from San Diego.

The F-18 apparently required a different catapult than the ones in use at the time so the new ones had just been fitted to the Constellation in the Bremerton Navy Yard. Part of the reason for this particular cruise was to conduct carrier qualifications for the Navy's F-18 pilots which is why the Navy suggested we do our filming at that time.

We were also "at war" with another carrier group which provided some lively moments when their planes would break through the Constellation's air defences, and we were shadowed in our wake the whole time by a Russian submarine. Sometimes when we were filming up on "Vulture's Row" the lookouts would point out the periscope to us.

Of course while we were on board we filmed everything that moved, not just the F-18s. It was impressive to be sitting on the deck with a film camera between the bow catapults as F-14s in afterburner launched past us a few feet away with their wings over our heads. These were older model F-14s and their afterburner flame extended aft almost as far as the plane was long. This was really impressive at night. Needless to say the resulting footage is pretty dramatic. At the end of our shoot they flew us back to San Diego on another COD.

A few times the ship would make some pretty tight turns to come into the wind. While the deck angle was nothing like that in the photos in this post it took a good lean to the outside of the turn. The deck boss or whatever he was called always announced it on the PA so everyone would be prepared.
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My son is serving aboard the John C. Stennis, CVN 74, she undergoing sea trials after 18 months in dry dock.

They will be going over there soon.

I have been aboard when we were doing 35 MPH via my GPS. Very, very impressive wake.
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I have been aboard when we were doing 35 MPH via my GPS. Very, very impressive wake.

When we were filming on the Constellation and were on top of the island over the bridge there was very little sensation of moving through the water. Sure, one could look down and see the water going aft but from that height it didn't seem all that fast.

Our escorts were mostly out of sight over the horizon but there was usually one or two of them within sight. It was impressive to look at them through the big mounted binoculars the lookouts had up there. The escorts were keeping pace with us and their bow waves arced up almost to their bulwarks and were a good third the length of the ship. That gave a pretty dramatic visual for how fast we were going on the carrier.
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Marin,

Those were called the "big eyes".
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Old 11-17-2015, 06:52 PM   #18
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Oh, the things I could tell ya, but then I'd have to kill ya. LOL
You know your getting old when you have served on Ships that are now a floating museum.
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The Constellation, CV-64, despite being about the same size as the Navy's nuclear carriers, was not one. When we went up to the lookouts' level at night a favorite place to stand was leaning against the stack housing as it was nice and warm.

The ship was scrapped in July of this year. The experience of being aboard her for the week of filming will always be one of the highlights of my career in film/video production. Sad to think that she's gone.
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