The WSO was still down in Pensacola learning her trade as a Naval Flight Officer when I watched this. Needless to say, certain sequences from the program made me wonder, "Just what is my baby girl getting into?"
No, The Missus Herself didn't watch any of this.
While riding the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower some years back, we got to see a Rhino make a low supersonic pass (this was before The WSO got her wings) and my better half turned to me, "Is that the jet our daughter will be riding?"
"Why yes, yes it is." I answered with some pride.
Let's just say that while the sea was pretty calm that day, The WSO's mom looked a bit pale after that.
Aviation can be a cruel mistress, I've lost friends, just about everyone involved knows someone who didn't come back.
I have nothing but pride and affection for the men and women of naval aviation.
Yeah, thinking of some of the things in that video will give this Navy Dad sleepless nights, provided I think too much about it.
Which I try not to...