105 feet from water line to deck on a carrier that's in calm water. Figure the ship is pitching and rolling so it's coming down to meet the wave. If the wave is 60' high that means this thing pitched 45' or more! I mean put that into perspective. Ships rolling over 4 stories up and down. CRAZY! I'd guess the waves were bigger.One guy said 60' seas. )eek) Could they have been that big??
Just watche good Ole Huell Howser do the tour of the Midway on KCET last night what a ship and what great stories, i never knew there was an escalator onboard , to get the pilots with all the gear up to the flight deck without them getting too tired....great showWe did that on the Midway in the late 80's. I was stationed onboard homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, and we zigged when we should have zagged around the typhoon. Some said the Admiral didn't trust the weather guessers. Anyway, we took green water over the bow, tore off several fueling stations, one of my electronics spaces ripped open and dropped stuff out the bottom, and two guys got swpt into the nets on the side of an elevator. Oh, and an EA-6B got filled with seawater (electronics aircraft + seawater = bad).
We spent months in port getting it fixed. One more time that I missed liberty in Australia
I was ship's company, so I didn't know there was an elevator, either;-) Pilots were special, and not always in a good way.Just watche good Ole Huell Howser do the tour of the Midway on KCET last night what a ship and what great stories, i never knew there was an escalator onboard , to get the pilots with all the gear up to the flight deck without them getting too tired....great show
The AC were on deck in case they were needed for an emergency flight. We had to always be ready to launch - always, no matter what. More than once we put a bird in the air in less than 30 minutes from a dead sleep, in my rack. Back in my "prime" I could go from fast asleep in my skivvies to full uniform battle dress, and in my work space 800 feet away in less than 4 minutes. There is nothing like a Russian bomber inbound to get you motivated.....I was thinking the same thing....helicopter on the bow? And why is that F-18 doing on deck?
Those are huge waves! Damn!!