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Non-US Carriers circa. 2007
Non-US Carriers circa. 2007
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Illustration for article titled Nimitz Class: Life On A Carrier
Reinstalling equipment on a SH-60 Seahawk
Reinstalling equipment on a SH-60 Seahawk
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Working the rotor mast and attachments, the USN regularly disassembles aircraft at sea, both to keep current on technique and to check for corrosion. Navy aircraft are designed to be more resistant to the elements than land base planes but saltwater, movement of both the ship and the aircraft on it, and other factors require constant maintenance. It’s important to remember that on a ship/small city of 5,000 sailors only a tiny handful actually fly the planes... it’s sailors like this guy who make it all possible for the “hero” fighter jocks to safely fly their planes.
Working the rotor mast and attachments, the USN regularly disassembles aircraft at sea, both to keep current on technique and to check for corrosion. Navy aircraft are designed to be more resistant to the elements than land base planes but saltwater, movement of both the ship and the aircraft on it, and other factors require constant maintenance. It’s important to remember that on a ship/small city of 5,000 sailors only a tiny handful actually fly the planes... it’s sailors like this guy who make it all possible for the “hero” fighter jocks to safely fly their planes.
Engine cover panels with rivets/fasteners visible.
Engine cover panels with rivets/fasteners visible.
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Green shirts hook the nose tow bar to the steam catapult of an F/A-18C++ for launch... the steam leaking out is normal and cool looking.
Green shirts hook the nose tow bar to the steam catapult of an F/A-18C++ for launch... the steam leaking out is normal and cool looking.
Female maintenance sailor takes a test drive in the cockpit to check that the repairs done have resulted in a fix to the problem.
Female maintenance sailor takes a test drive in the cockpit to check that the repairs done have resulted in a fix to the problem.
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USS-Nimitz a view of the two waist catapults, nite how they’re tracks converge... this is to allow the planes to takeoff from a similar spot whether they are on the inside or outside. The ship has four catapults but during operations usually only two are used to allow deck parking of aircraft. The movie Topgun aside it’s an extreme aberration for all catapults to fail.
USS-Nimitz a view of the two waist catapults, nite how they’re tracks converge... this is to allow the planes to takeoff from a similar spot whether they are on the inside or outside. The ship has four catapults but during operations usually only two are used to allow deck parking of aircraft. The movie Topgun aside it’s an extreme aberration for all catapults to fail.
Purple shirts handle refueling of all aircraft... I’m shwoing my age but it’s still odd to me to see how many service members have massive visible tattoos...
Purple shirts handle refueling of all aircraft... I’m shwoing my age but it’s still odd to me to see how many service members have massive visible tattoos...
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Yes these guys are pushing the plane where it needs to go...
Yes these guys are pushing the plane where it needs to go...
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Random shit of a French Rafale M fighter launching off the only non USN nuclear carrier ever built... The Charles De Gaulle.
Random shit of a French Rafale M fighter launching off the only non USN nuclear carrier ever built... The Charles De Gaulle.
RAM... rolling airframe missile is either a supplement or a replacment for CIWS 20mm Vulcan Cannons
RAM... rolling airframe missile is either a supplement or a replacment for CIWS 20mm Vulcan Cannons
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Nimitz choppers are transporting supplies from ship to ship
Nimitz choppers are transporting supplies from ship to ship
Pilot does a final walk around to make sure all is well with his mount.
Pilot does a final walk around to make sure all is well with his mount.
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New Mexico State flag painted C-2A Carrier COD or carrier onboard delivery plane... derived from the E-2 Hawkeye. These planes art to be replaced by USN specific V-22 Osprey.
New Mexico State flag painted C-2A Carrier COD or carrier onboard delivery plane... derived from the E-2 Hawkeye. These planes art to be replaced by USN specific V-22 Osprey.
Even in the modern era weather balloons are still used
Even in the modern era weather balloons are still used
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USS Enterpise the first nuclear powered carrier fires and AIM-7 SeaSparrow.
USS Enterpise the first nuclear powered carrier fires and AIM-7 SeaSparrow.
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E-2C/D Hawkeye... the eight curved blades replaced the previous four straight propellers... these are quieter, more efficient, and most important cause much lower vibration levels... thus helps the sensitive avionics perform and last longer.
E-2C/D Hawkeye... the eight curved blades replaced the previous four straight propellers... these are quieter, more efficient, and most important cause much lower vibration levels... thus helps the sensitive avionics perform and last longer.
Beautifully colorful SeaHawk
Beautifully colorful SeaHawk
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Using the Mk.1 Eyeball on lookout
Using the Mk.1 Eyeball on lookout
Former SecDef Panetta is shown the command center of the USS Nimitz
Former SecDef Panetta is shown the command center of the USS Nimitz
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Parking is tight in the hangar deck
Parking is tight in the hangar deck
Illustration for article titled Nimitz Class: Life On A Carrier
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Setting up the crash barrier... used for heavily damaged planes that won’t be able to go around if they miss a wire or a malfunctioning tail hook
Setting up the crash barrier... used for heavily damaged planes that won’t be able to go around if they miss a wire or a malfunctioning tail hook
Very nice Red/Black numbers... note serrated edges on panels... this is one reason the Super Hornet is one of the most stealthy 4th gen fighters
Very nice Red/Black numbers... note serrated edges on panels... this is one reason the Super Hornet is one of the most stealthy 4th gen fighters
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Super Hornet getting ready for launch
Super Hornet getting ready for launch
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And this guy... wearing the beyond stupid navy “Blueberries” camouflage... if you are on a ship in a blue ocean wearing a blue camo pattern is beyond stupid... on land it cries out for mockery.
And this guy... wearing the beyond stupid navy “Blueberries” camouflage... if you are on a ship in a blue ocean wearing a blue camo pattern is beyond stupid... on land it cries out for mockery.

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