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Oh please, ran 'em over with a little dinky moped-like motorcycle. I say use a Boss Hoss, or the fabled Munich Mammoth. That would leave a mark...
 

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Must be the heat over there, buncha' flippin loonies.

Remember how hot it was at Suda Bay there 'Cuddy and Pushrod? we could only be in the Main Space for 10 minutes at a time on watch, I think it hit almost 125 on the Check level. Hard to even breath in that heat. We had the swim call and BBQ on the flight deck....
 

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The Med was never as bad as Gonzo Station off Iran.

We had a heck of a time keeping the evaporator's up. The sea injection temps were crazy high.

Now the weather was a different story. I was just telling some of the guys here about one time in the Med, the wind was blowing so hard off of Africa that we had to back up to catch a COD!

(Sorry - the translation is Carrier On-board Delivery; it was a twin prop cargo plane (C-1A) that "took off at 90 knots, flew at 90 knots and landed at 90 knots." They carried people and all sorts of stuff, the most important being mail.)
 

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Balmy.

The Med was never as bad as Gonzo Station off Iran.

We had a heck of a time keeping the evaporator's up. The sea injection temps were crazy high.

Now the weather was a different story. I was just telling some of the guys here about one time in the Med, the wind was blowing so hard off of Africa that we had to back up to catch a COD!

(Sorry - the translation is Carrier On-board Delivery; it was a twin prop cargo plane (C-1A) that "took off at 90 knots, flew at 90 knots and landed at 90 knots." They carried people and all sorts of stuff, the most important being mail.)
Balmy mediterranean. Yawn. Try the south pacific.
 

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yeah yeah yeah........

Balmy mediterranean. Yawn. Try the south pacific.
Jeezus, try to get a little sympathy around here.......

I don't care how hot it was in the Suez or Gulf of Oman or South China Sea, standing watch in the Main Space in the Eastern Med was plenty hot enough for me.....Besides Pushrod (Sir), you stood watches in Central, as I recall you needed a foul weather jacket to spend time in there the A/C was so good, us poor hole snipes had to sweat it out in the plant..
 

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Remember I was an airdale, so at Souda Bay we were always in line to jump off #4 elevator into the cool. clear med. Once I went down so far, about 30-40 feet that the whole bottom of the Indy was outlined against the blue bottomless ocean. Scared the sh!t out of me. Had a tough time climbing up the cargo net the Bosuns put over the side on the elevator. Never went in again after that.
 

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Central was indeed cool!

We got to watch the Flight Deck cameras, too!

I spent a good amount of time in 4MMR, though.

I suppose you get the same looks I do when I try to tell "civilians" some of the crazy things we took for granted...

Like jet fuel in the tap water. Or Super-pasturized milk in little trapezoidal cartons. Or stirring your Joe with a plank of solidified coffee creamer.
 

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And real bugs in the "bug juice". The roaches didn't drink that much though.

I liked it when you'd be taking a shower and the pipes would rumble, and lose pressure, then scalding JP5 would shoot out, and no soap in the world would lather up on that stuff.

We use to sneak down to the snipes head on the 4th deck below the mess deck (the 4-0 deck?) where there was always hot water, and no JP5. If they found out we were airdales they'd shut the water off somehow and send us back to the 03 level all sudsy.
 

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The trick to those cargo nets was to wear tennies, had a pair of black converse hi-tops I wore all over the place. I climbed up once bare foot, after that it was tennie city..

Citizens just don't understand what it's like on a boat, how you lived in Naval Distillate soaked mean greens for weeks at a time or how the biggest treat you could have was a warm RC cola and a mystery meat and hot sauce sandwich or saltine crackers and butter for desert..How you can sit for hours in a Main Machinery Room filled with deafening head splitting noise and be able to pick out a Forced Draft Blower drop a few hundred RPM...

The only time it got a little tense was whe we were doing 20 or 30 knots and then started getting Cat Drags, the boilers would get sucked down to 1100 PSI each time the catapault launched a Phantom or Intruder and then go wide open to get back to 1300 PSI, you'd be pouring so much fuel in there the boiler would start to pant from the super fuel rich mixture flashing half way to the rear wall instead of the burner tip, you could literally see the casing expand with each explosion, scare the livin' sh*t out of, you'd just stand there chain smoking Marlboro's and drinking coffee hoping you didn't rupture a main steam or fuel line.....you'd get off watch shakin' like a leaf...


Guess you just had to be there.
 
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