This is a picture of the Officers and Men of Navy Fighter Squadron VF-41. Somewhere in behind all the sailors is a F4-B Phantom II fighter bomber. I'm in there somewhere. We are on the flight deck of the USS Independence (CVA-62) off the coast of Viet-Nam and getting ready to leave Yankee Station for a long awaited port visit to Yokosuka, Japan. The year is 1965. Guess what the call sign is for VF-41? Fast Eagle!
I was the airframes flight deck troubleshooter. Changed a lot of tires on that flight deck. Wheel/tire assembly - 125 lbs - axle jack and jack handle - 65 lbs - tool pouch strapped on my side - 40 lbs - roll the wheel/tire assembly into a 30kt wind carrying the jack and tool pouch. Needless to say, at 5'10" and 165#, I was FIT!
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