I distinctly recall the commercial flight from Albany to the Kittyhawk, I remember sitting on the Jet in the darkness wondering what lies ahead. My first cruise, I remember clambering up the steps and coming aboard the KittyHawk. I'm thankful for those memories. Albany really was a good place to be stationed. The America was next, shell back initiation, remember tossing my dungarees overboard after crawling thru the garbage tunnel. it was a beautiful sunny day.....
GLAD TO SEE SOMEONE THAT WAS THERE WHEN I MADE MY LAST CRUISE.I WAS THE MAINT, CONTROL OFFICER. FRANK FOSTER AND I STILL SEND CHRISTMAS CARDS EACH YEAR.HE IS AT 1776 COUNTY RD. 75, ROANOKE, AL. 36274.I REMEMBER WHEN YOU HAD TO CHANGE A TIRE ON ONE OF THE AIRCRAFT ON THE FLIGHT DECK TO GET IT READY FOR THE NEXT FLIGHT, NOT A GOOD PLACE TO CHANGE TIRES, BUT YOU GOT IT DONE.DID YOU GO ON AND STAY FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS? CONRAD LIVES HERE IN VA.BEACH AND BOOM POWELL ALSO. I RETIRED IN 1973 AND HAVE ENJOYED IT.
Thanks for the come back , Ron ! Did a Westpac cruise on Midway 63-64 with VAH-8 ! Then a cruise by transfer to VAH-6 ON Forrestal in MED . LATE 64-65 ! Came back dropped A3'S at Whidbey , the squadron then moved to Sanford to get the Vigi's ! In 66 made another Westpac on the Connie , then out !
Thanks for the photos, but this one is of two of my best friends. Sonny Pettit behind the hand shake, retired as a LCommander and Don Warnoke to your(?) left, coached me in working out. I thank him for my physically fit 70 years old. I must be behind the Skipper because Sonny and I made rate together, standing next to each other. I will look up my copy of this scene with my handshake and get back to you.
oh ya, i was on that cruise .it was a great growing for me did not believe i was working on a fligth deck help launching the a3s what a high.was a great cruise had a lot of good times on liberty.the big accident that night was terrible just got in the rack one deck below fligthdeck then it happen general quarters i firts went to the portside leading up to the deck and all i saw was fire finally made to powerplants shop.still have cruisebook.take care be safe. r. d.
rcon ron, read your message to ken collette,having lunch with bill h. and john k.i did the temp. up to lakehuust with john also went to his parents home up to ct.did a few traps with him and lt. cook.have a good holiday and be safe .r. d.