Mitch in Navy Blues

After college graduation in 1990,
I entered Aviation Officer Candidate School
and earned my commission as an Ensign.

Mitch standing on side of T-2C

Flight training in the Navy
culminated in the Rockwell T-2C,
a twin-engine jet trainer.

Formation of T-2s

In addition to acrobatics and
instrument flying, formation flying
was a major portion of training.

The final exam, if you will, was carrier qualification.
Believe it or not, our first 10 carrier landings were

T2C Landing on Carrier

After designation as a Naval Aviator, "Winging",
I received orders to Miramar, San Diego
to fly the Grumman E-2C Hawkeye.

Mitch and the Hawkeye

My new "home" was VAW-117, the "Wallbangers".
Here is one of the Hawkeyes flying over Mount Rushmore.

Hawkeye over Rushmore

Mitch in white dinner dress
Here's a photo of me in Dinner Dress
at the Hawkeye/Greyhound Ball.

I have 178 arrested landings aboard ship.
I've landed on the USS Forrestal (CV-59),
the USS Nimitz (CVN-68), the USS
Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), and the
USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63).

Here is what the Kitty Hawk looks like

12 seconds before touchdown.
Short final Kitty Hawk

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