You boys got me all excited and I made a pot of soup last night. My oldest daughter had been at the beach w/ another family all week and wanted some home cooking. She was quietly shocked that they not only did not do a morning of crabbing but did not cook crab cakes or have a huge fried seafood dinner. What are NC people coming to?
We hit the grocery store, low and behold, MUSHROOMS on the clearance rack. Cream of mushroom soup w/ Texas toast for dinner. A few crab cakes on the side.
Anyway, I got into the Navy in a strange way. I was going to lunch in the student union building w/ my girlfriend and there was a table out w/ two recruiters. I was barefoot, w/ rugby shorts and a blue button down dress shirt (my standard attire in school) when the Navy guy caught me staring at the model of an aircraft. He was staring at my long legged blonde girlfriend. Beautiful but she had the brains of a gnat. He finally asked me if I had condidered a career in the Navy. "Aye Aye, Chief" This put him back for two reasons...one, I answered "Aye Aye" and two, I recognized his rank. A month later I graduated and a week after that I was in boot. Haven't a clue what happened to Dale...the long legged blonde.
The F4 Phantom WAS a brick, just like the F4U Corsair (my Father flew those). You lost power and it had the glide path of a brick. Couldn't dead stick one...punch out and hope to fight another day. But w/ both engines fully operational in a Phantom you could go two times the speed of sound.
The T-28 was a trainer. The A-1 "Spad" was a HOSS. Slow as the day is long (maxed out at about 300 knots) but could linger over the ground pounders forever and really help them out. The fast movers had to be directed for a strike basically when they arrived. The Spads could hang around for a few hours. The Spad was as tough as the A-10 Warthog. Like the P-47 Thunderbolt it was as tough as nails.
And Wild Weasel jocks...more guts than I. Let's see...we fly out w/ all the radar we have blaring out "Here we are, SHOOT at us"!!! Those officers had the stones.