S2F Fly Over
S2F On Deck
Scanned from 35mm slide
USS Bennington CVS-20
105 Nathaniel Court
Cary, NC. 27511
From: "Bob Hadley" -firstname.lastname@example.org-
To: -Lonnie@uss-bennington.org-, "Jon F. Easley" -email@example.com-
CC: "Lonnie Whittaker"
Subject: Re: pictures
Date: Monday, 28 October 2002 21:20:00 -0500
Glad that you are enjoying the pictures that I took while on board the Bennington.
The S2F was a flyby or a "touch and go" landing. I was an electrician's mate but my duties were taking care of the flight deck lighting. I didn't have to "sneak" up to the catwalk. I worked out of the lighting shop which was on the port side just under the flight deck. Access to the lighting shop was off the catwalk on the port side about halfway between the #2 elevator and the "meatball" landing light platform.
I spent many days and nights up around the flight deck during flight operations. I feel like I had the best job in the Navy. A "snipe" but lots of fresh air all the time. Also took care of the outside lighting, signal lights, etc. I went up the mast to pull up the "man-of-war" lights required in foreign ports. Scariest job was going out on the yardarms to replace the bulbs in the signal lights. That was a long way to the water or the flight deck, ha.
I have the cruise books from 1960-61 and 1962. If you need any pictures from them let me know and I will scan them. Perhaps you are looking for pictures of the captains that might be in the books. I can do that if you like. Just let me know.