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Mideast tour: on the USS Gettysburg

September 6, 2007

Guns and wind, guns and wind!

After flying into Bahrain, we immediately were flown onto the USS Enterprise, 200 miles into the Persian Gulf. This required sitting in the tiny, windlowless nose of a plane, wearing a helmet, earplugs, and a harness (hot!), and, of course, landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier. We later watched this process, which is pretty amazing — each airplane has a hooked tail that drags behind it, catching a cable, which keeps the plane from flying right off the other end of the aircraft carrier. If the plane fails to catch the cable, it is very important that the plane keep going full speed so it can fly off the other end, without falling into the water, and try again. Therefore, the planes landing on the flight deck don’t slow down — in fact, they speed up! And their little tails catch this rubber-band thing and just stop them cold. It’s a little jarring from the inside.

After doing a show in the Enterprise’s hangar later the same evening….

…and then a 9am (yes, a.m., oh-nine-hundred) show the next morning for the guys who work nights, we were transported by helicopter to the USS Gettysburg for an afternoon show in the mess hall. Um, how cool is that? The helicopter’s door stayed open the entire time, with a big gun poking out of it. On the way back, the guy who operates the gun had his shirt off for the whole ride. (It certainly was hot, but it might have had something to do with the all-women comedy show).

Here’s a video from the deck of the USS Gettysburg:

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2 Responses to “Mideast tour: on the USS Gettysburg”

  1. Blair on September 7th, 2007 3:53 am

    Hey, yeah — my father was in the Navy during Vietnam, and carrier-hopped a lot in the Pacific (and spent some time in the Philippines, and you can figure out where that lead…).

    Anyhoo, he was aboard the Enterprise for a bit. Even got a discarded piece of the hook system. He uses it as a paper weight nowadays.

    Y’all gonna get together and publish this in some format (hard copy) when you get back? Should be done.

  2. Houston Oyler on August 14th, 2008 8:55 pm

    I was on the boat and had the oppurtunity to see you 3 hotties… I was one of the ones standing out there on a gun as well… It was pretty freakin’ hott, but the three of you made it ok for a little while until we were able to pull in again. Thanks for everything. Oh, and maybe you should try some more of the botox on your Boob’s ;)

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