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  •  Back during the mid-70s I was in the Navy... (6+ / 0-)

    ...stationed onboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65, not NCC-1701). Several times during one WestPac cruise we had Bear flyby's. It was cool seeing these old-time bombers coming by, trailed by F-14s - which looked almost as big!

    •  In 1979? (7+ / 0-)

      I think it was that year.  My first WestPac cruise, we were in the Philippine Sea when we got word that 2 Bears were headed our way to take pictures of us.

      The Skipper launched the alert 5 (2 F-4's) to 'escort' the Soviets (this was a standard thing back then), and as soon as the flight deck was clear and safe, he came on the 1MC (shipwide speaker) and said he wanted all hands on the flight deck ASAP.

      When the bears were on an incoming tangent, he told us that a couple of soviet planes were going to be doing a flyover to take pictures of us, and he wanted to give them something special to remember us by.

      When they got to the right position, we (about 2500 of us) in unison, mooned the passing bears.

      I hope the pictures came out clear.

      I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

      by trumpeter on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 03:38:14 PM PST

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      •  Sounds like a sailor thing to do! (2+ / 0-)
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        43north, trumpeter

        If they'd ever buzzed us, they would have had the same reception, but alas, we were never in their sights.

        And yeah, I know tarantulas don't really act like that at all, so no snarking, this is the internet damnit!

        by itzadryheat on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 06:32:37 PM PST

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