Author and his crew preparing for a reconnaissance mission on March 23, 1999, the first night of the Kosovo War. Author is front row, third from the right.
Chinese Shenyang J-6 (Chinese MiG-19 variant) that joined on the author’s wing while conducting a reconnaissance mission in the East China Sea during November, 1998.
LT Chris “Teddy” Kennedy on the left and LT Greg “Torch” Buck on the right. They gave these guys the keys to an A-6? What were “they” thinking?
The Master Armament panel from an A-6E Intruder aircraft.
Yes, the USS Vella Gulf is a real ship in the U.S. Navy. It is a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser named for the Battle of Vella Gulf, a naval engagement in the Solomons campaign of World War II. A couple of pictures of the USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) are below. For more information, the ship’s web site can be found at http://www.vella-gulf.navy.mil/.
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