The flight deck of an aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous working environments in all of the military. The close quarters of aircraft, sailors, and equipment; the pitching and rolling flight deck; turning rotors and jet engines; and aircraft launching at recovering at a couple hundred miles an hour all make for an unforgiving workplace!
This makes the sailors who work day-in-and-day-out in this environment some of the best and watching the ballet that is flight operations on the carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is awesome! Check this out, from our sister site Navy.Army.com!
Peter Gordijn, a Dutch Apache helicopter pilot and author of the book "Wakker!" ("Awake!") takes us along for the ride during his final flight as an Apache pilot.
While we've seen quite a few low-level flights in fast jets, low-level has a different meaning to a helicopter pilot. For these guys, low-level means making groundhogs duck (do they have groundhogs in the Netherlands?) and looking up at bushes!
Here is our practice ASVAB question for this week - check the comments below for the answer!
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