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John Morris

Trip to March Airfield Museum

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I Love Airplanes!


My first assignment, on my first day in VA-65, was to stand "wheel watch" at the end of the runway, when jets did "crash and dash" practice. I had to watch to be sure the pilot had lowered the landing gear. That day the Phantoms were practicing. When they took off, they would lock the brakes, go into full afterburner then "let'er rip"! The noise from those engines was so loud it was beyond hearing. It actually made your insides vibrate. 


When the USS Constellation (CVA-64) did our qualifications for deployment to Vietnam, we lost a Phantom, pilot and RIO off the coast of Hawaii. The F-4 missed the arresting wire and the pilot hesitated when applying full power. The plane when off the angle deck and straight down into the water. They never recovered the two men.

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