060928-N-6363M-003 Pacific Ocean (Sept. 28, 2006) – An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the “Yellowjackets” of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Eight (VAQ-138) makes an arrested landing aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
You know, I hate to start out all negative and everything, but its the middle of the week, its been raining the last 2 days, work bites and I have this problem with professionals and a lack of attention to detail.
Viewing the above image (full image can be found at http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=39572 ) and then reading the accompanying caption (from Navy News) should set off the aforementioned “lack of attention to detail” alarms I spoke of before.
Like most aviators, and naval aviators in particular, you hate to see screw-ups in popular media that pertain to your chosen field. I remember watching the film adaptation of Clancy’s book, “Hunt for Red October” when there was a ramp strike on the carrier they were on. They showed 3 different aircraft in the whole mishap evolution, one aircraft on approach, a different, second aircraft as it nears the ramp and yet a different, third type from archived footage of an actual ramp strike. The collective groan that came out during that sequence from the crowd I was watching it with (naval aviators all) was highlighted by rather spectacular and colorful curses towards whomever was the military consultant on that film who apparently didn’t think “attention to detail” was a big deal.
Getting back to the above mentioned EA-6B photo, and it may be small, but glaring in its buffoonery nonetheless, when an aircraft makes an arrested landing on an aircraft carrier, ITS TAILHOOK NEEDS TO BE DOWN.
The words of Gunnery Sergeant Washington, USMC, my drill instructor at Aviation Officer Candidate School, still echo in the vast emptiness of my brain…”Attention to detail, girls!”
–Posted by Pinch