Sometimes when you get that bird back on the flight deck your problems are just beginning. Grumman A-6 Intruder which was quite a workhorse for the USN and USMC.
I have a parishioner who was on the Forrestal the year before the fire and my mentor was on the ship the year after. A significant part of boot camp in 2008 was training for the Forrestal and the Cole incidents to not happen the same way again.When deployed aboard the Constellation, we were doing Carquals off the coast of Hawaii and a deck hand got sucked up the intake of an A-7. He had 5 days left on board before he was to be flown home for discharge.
I almost went over the side while riding brakes on a RA5C during a night reshot during a storm, aircraft and all.
Yes, as ChaZam said, it’s a highly dangerous place to work and you need your head on a swivel constantly as things can go to hell in a hand basket in the blink of an eye….but I loved it!
P.S. today is the anniversary of the USS Forrestal fire-1967.