After driving 600 miles today we are in Lexington, KY, headed for home tomorrow. But I just had to put out a few more photos from last weekend. Here are some pics from the flight deck:
Flight deck from the bow. I couldn't even get the full length and width in one frame. The total area of this deck is 4.5 acres.
Part of one of the catapult tracks that launch the jets.
Not sure what this is called, but I call it the trigger. It is what the jet attaches to that takes it down the catapult track. The handsome guy in uniform is my son. :-)
One of the "shooter" lookouts which is nearly in the middle of the flight deck, between the catapults. This person has the final decision on a jet launch and actually pushes the button to the catapult.
The other shooter lookout at port side. The red and blue lights are signals to the jets coming in for landing.
We made many, many, MANY trips up and down these ladder wells. They are very steep and actually easier to go up than down. Up they are like a ladder with really sturdy handrails; down the treads aren't deep enough for even my size 7s --- very awkward. The guys just slide down using the rails. Scott spent a lot of time waiting for me --- and laughing.
Coming up: Air show at sea! Some great shots coming up --- I LOVE my Canon 40D!