Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Aircraft carriers — looking back to WW2 and elsewhere

First, there is this link to a Forbes article about aircraft carriers.

Second, there is this personal postscript — The article reminds me that I spent much of my working life in the U.S. Navy, and my twenty-five years in uniform included three tours of duty on aircraft carriers: Coral Sea, Ranger, and Kitty Hawk. However, I confess that I know not very much about the history of those kinds of ships. In fact, being a black shoe sailor — not an aviator — I also know too little about the complex design, engineering, and operation of those ships. Well, it’s too late for this old sea dog to learn new tricks. Such is life.


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    1. Sorry .... slang .... Naval aviators and naval flight officers (back-seaters) are authorized to wear brown shoes with their khaki uniforms while all other officers wear black.

    2. And more than you wanted know about Navy uniforms and history ...

  2. takes me back to my VERY unsuccessful boy scout days...

  3. I believe that I have previously recommended Alvin Kernan's Crossing the Line, but let me do so again. An uncle who served on carriers in WW II and after (and went on to retire as a "gold chief") greatly enjoyed the book.

    1. Thanks, George. I have no recollection. My memory has become wretched. The assisted living enclave is not far down the road.