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Survival at sea: a 15-minute flight becomes an incredible survival story: are you prepared for a seven-hour swim in 59-degree water?

Survival at sea: a 15-minute flight becomes an incredible survival story: are you prepared for a seven-hour swim in 59-degree water? – ORM Corner Ronald Beermunder The Coast Guard puts the life expectancy for Swimming in 59-degree-Fahrenheit water at less than two hours. It’s called hypothermia: Abnormally low body temperature, with slowing of physiologic activity. […]

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Bingo? – vertigo and an S-3 aircraft mission – Brief Article

Bingo? – vertigo and an S-3 aircraft mission – Brief Article – Column Mike Mrstik I’ve always been afraid of the dark. In my limited time as an S-3 driver, I have come to believe the Navy would have a lot fewer double-anchor types if they knew or could feel the terror a new pilot […]

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Internal loss of communications

Internal loss of communications Rex Kenyon What an awesome deal–this has to be the best job in the world! As an old East Coast LAMPS bubba, who had been transplanted to beautiful San Diego, this was the deal of the century. I was on a six-month, counter-narcotics deployment, and, for our midcruise, ship’s maintenance availability, […]

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Mr. Toad’s wild ride, again

Mr. Toad’s wild ride, again – field-carrier-landing practices Tim Fahey Our pilots conducted day and night field-carrier-landing practices (FCLPs) to get ready for COMPTUEX. It had been a nice afternoon, and I had signed as the plane commander for Black Eagle 603 for a formation flight. We would flow into the FCLP pattern at NBVC […]

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Driving a classic – Crew Resource Management

Driving a classic – Crew Resource Management – Lockheed P-3 Orion Rick Golbitz When you drive a classic, you expect a few minor mechanical problems, but, hey, it’s a classic, right? It was business as usual, we had just kicked off our Caribbean detachment. The weather was hot, the mission was all too familiar, and […]

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You can have my goggles when you pry them from my cold dead fingers

You can have my goggles when you pry them from my cold dead fingers – night vision goggles Andreas Hau “Some Things Don’t Look Better Through Goggles,” an article by Ltjg. C. J. Warren, in the May 2002 issue of Approach discussed several problems with using NVGs. As an NVG instructor pilot at the AH-1W […]

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How To Create Your Own Fireball

How To Create Your Own Fireball – military aircraft engine problems Jim Stanley During a day Case-I recovery, I was a single F-14A Tomcat in a low holding pattern overhead mother. The cycle had been short, so I had a lot of fuel to dump in order to make my max trap weight. This was […]

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Thermal runaway

Thermal runaway Brock Corcoran Our crew was rather melancholy on the morning of Feb. 1, 2003, and not in the best of moods to fly. As aviators, we felt a kinship with the crew of rile space shuttle Columbia. However, we were scheduled for a 10-hour, random-track mission, and our E-6B mission had to go. […]

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The Longest 3 Seconds

The Longest 3 Seconds – Brief Article Tom Taylor The ship was still in a turn, and I was constantly dipping my wings to stay close to centerline. I was number two above a C-2 in the marshal stack, for a day, Case III recovery. From my vantage point at 7,000 feet, as far as […]

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The worst times for car wrecks

The worst times for car wrecks – Work zone: reducing mishaps by 50% (Based on 376 Navy traffic deaths and 302 Marine traffic deaths, FY98-03) Day of week: Saturday (26%) Time of Day: Sailors 0200-0259 (40 deaths) Marines 0530-0629 (27 deaths) Month: Sailors–July (44 deaths), August (43 deaths) Marines–April (35 deaths), July (34 deaths) Date: […]