|Quoting SPROUT5199 (Reply 4):|
I actually met the pilot, Lt Flatley, twice. I was his driver for two change of commands onboard my ship the USS Flatley(FFG-21). he is the son of VADM Flatley the namesake of my ship. He was a RADM(ret) when I was his driver. Nice guy, sat up front with me. Bad thing was I didn't know at the time he was the pilot, or I would have asked him about it.
I've watched the video of this event probably a hundred times (okay, maybe an exaggeration, but at least 98 times) since I first encountered it some years ago on another site because I think it is one of the most impressive displays of airmanship and even a layman would have no problem appreciating it. What I think is even more impressive is the crew had to train from scratch on the Herc to pull off this feat as I don't believe they had flown Hercs before in their careers.
|Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 3):|
Impressive, but I'd have to say a squadron of B-25s would have to be even more impressive.
I have to agree, and I only wish there were close-up videos of Doolittle's Raiders taking off. That raid certainly has to be the most white-knuckled, hair-raising, shit-in-the-pants carrier operation ever carried out. Especially for the first couple of birds which, by virtue of their position on the pitching deck, had the shortest runway distance to take off from.
[Edited 2012-08-07 17:53:12]