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Discussion in 'Offtopic Lounge' started by basicstrategy777, Apr 28, 2016.
In honor of NAVY WEEK!
Slip sliding away. Thinking of the wind coming up the canyon at night shaking the hell out of those windows. Goodbye.
I think I saw that dancer at a club in Detroit back in '95
What did you fly OAP?
Although I am a pilot, I was not a navy pilot, I was a CAC (combat air crewman). I flew in many different aircraft, but mostly the old A-3D Sky Warrior....the navy's platform for delivering the nukes. It was the largest carrier based aircraft at the time. Three crew members, pilot, navigator/bombardier, and third crewmember (me). I operated the EW gear (electronic warfare), and assisted the bombardier in bombing runs.
I was able to fly some navy planes, training aircraft that we obtained for the navy aero clubs on various bases.
After flunking the physical for the NavCad pilot program, that was as close as I could come to realizing my boyhood dream of becoming a navy fighter pilot.
I did get to fly a Blue Angel plane though.....from the back seat of an F-9, that we used for giving press and VIP rides.
I feel fortunate to be here now.....the nickname for the A-3D was All-3-Dead. We lost quite a few of them over the years. The airplane was not all that bad, it was just the bombing run profile practices. Approach target at 450 knots, at an altitude of 100 feet, below enemy radar. A sharp pull-up, loft the nuke toward the target, an inverted roll, and out of there before the fireball. A rollercoaster ride every time.
Sorry for the long story to a simple question....just brought back some memories!
Target fixation or sneezing when 100 feet off the deck doing 450 knots would not be good for your health.
Toss bombing is an interesting concept.
I'm sure you had a blast..... so to speak.
I am thinking low yield nuke or as you said, "All three dead". Do you feel your EW experience comes in handy on this forum? I would think it's invaluable?
It was called a "loft maneuver", basically computer controlled, and could be very accurate. I can't remember the exact degree on pull up that the bomb was released, but we lofted it out a lot of miles, and turned tail and ran. As I remember, we were at least 40 miles away at impact, and still running!
We also had silver coated curtains that we pulled down in the cockpit to avoid any "flash" blindness.
Yep, in my younger days it was a "blast", just glad we never had to experience anything but practice!
No, it was a regular nuke, the all three dead was a "dark" joke amongst the crews about the aricarft designation....A-3D.
The EW experience was mostly just turning knobs, flipping switches, and reading the scopes. But my navigation courses certainly exposed me to some math that has helped in many ways....especially doing my own taxes, getting from point A to point B with out any major deviations.
Gives a whole new meaning to the "Hail Mary " play and flying by the seat of your pants! Also similar to the half court three point buzzer beater!
We did keep score, there were target circles in the desert bombing range, you got points for which circle you put the practice bomb in.
I flew with some neat pilots, and bombardiers, but we rarely got crew of the month, in fact, we didn't even put it in the circles all that often....but "close" with a nuke works pretty well.
The say " A picture is worth a thousand "
That is some home improvement project, either it went awry or it is exactly how you planned it.
I'd like to try this someday without vomiting.
IMHO that was so cooooool!
The Internet can be an amazing place or a landfill. Thanks for finding this gem and sharing it with fellow craps freaks. Way cool
You scanning your old playboys Bs777?
I remember those old playboys back in the 50's. I use to read them in the bathroom, the articles were great; sometimes I'd look at the pictures and......