The nuclear-powered American aircraft carrier is the largest, most lethal warship to ever sail the high seas and the U.S. has 11 of them, each equipped with a myriad of advanced combat aircraft. Together they can cover two-thirds of the earth’s surface and strike most of the remaining third, all in the name of enforcing freedom of navigation on the world’s seas and implementing America’s resolve anywhere needed.
On this first installment of a two-part series exploring aircraft carriers and air operations on them, former USS Carl Vinson ‘Big XO’ Captain Eric, “Pappy” Anduze, U.S. Navy, joins us to explain just how big these carriers are, how fast they go, and how operations safely take place in the hangar bay and on the flight deck.
In the announcements aka Two-ship. A coordinated flight of two aircraft operating in close proximity to one another. we touch briefly on the recent spate of fatal mishaps in the U.S. and introduce our new Patreon page, which offers exclusive content to this show’s cherished supporters. During the Q&A segment we discuss whether a passion for aviation is required to be a fighter pilot, the different visors Generic term for any aircraft crew member, whether at the flight controls or not. wear, more callsign questions, and how aircrew (male, specifically) “take care of business” in flight.
Episode photography by the U.S. Navy. Bumper music by Incompetech.