I hate to sound like a broken record, but I have to say once more that my experience aboard the USS Nimitz was incredible. As promised, I’m sharing the first of three videos that showcases some of the more interesting and exciting parts of our overnight embark.
In this video, we depart Hickam Airforce Base on a C-2A Greyhound (aka COD or Carrier Onboard Delivery aircraft) and head to the USS Nimitz. Once we landed, we were briefed and headed to the Bridge to watch the F18 Hornets land on the ship and watch flight deck operations from up above. We then headed to the flight deck to watch these amazing aircraft takeoff and land.
It’s an experience I’ll never forget. After we “boltered” (or missed all arresting cables on landing) on our first try, I finally experienced an arrested landing on the carrier. The only way I can describe it is like someone pushing on your entire body as hard as they can for 3 seconds. What a feeling! Spending time on the Bridge was surreal. Talking to the men and women in control of the ship, watching planes land, and observing deck operations was a lot of fun.
But being on the flight deck, standing 20 yards from a fighter jet, and watching it take off right before my eyes has to take the cake. The powerful smell of jet fuel, the deafening roar of the engines, and the heat coming off the deck was overwhelming. Then, to witness the accuracy in which the pilots land these $80 million jets on a moving target was awesome.
I hope you enjoy this video. There’s two more to come, so stay tuned. I’ll continue my tour of the USS Nimitz into the library and hangar, check into “Hotel Nimitz,” and much more.