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Wonderful description of life aboard a Nimitz carrier, but his attitudes...
on June 27, 2014
I have learned to have an appreciation of Naval Aviation through the writings of a great blogger, the late Carroll Lefon.
Look up "Neptunus Lex" on the web to see the influence he had.
So I wondered how I could possibly learn more about carrier operations by reading this book.
Well, it is a perfect companion to Lex's writings, because while Lex (who was XO of the TOPGUN program at one time and had over 4,000 hours of FA/18 time) went to great effort in telling people **how ** things were on a carrier, Dyer tells you how it **feels**.
From the time he leaves Bahrain, he tells you what if **feels** like to ride in the Navy's cargo hauler and bus, the Greyhound.
What happens when it misses the trap and had to make another attempt at landing on the carrier. As he wrote you leave a familiar world and in 40 minutes you have landed on a completely alien world.
But frankly the guy pissed me off just a bit (knowing, as GB Shaw mentioned that Britain and America are 2 countries separated by a common language) the American slang of "pissed" is different from the British version).
And our meaning definitely doesn't involve alcohol.
The author makes it a point of saying how much he dislikes the accommodations the Navy has assigned him, and is actually proud of the fact that after enough "whinging" he is assigned a "VIP" room.
And throughout the book a constant theme is his dissatisfaction of the food offered him.
whinge (hw nj, w nj)
intr.v. whinged, whing•ing, whing•es Chiefly British
To complain or protest, especially in an annoying or persistent manner.
He is finally satisfied (and to avoid putting the "spoiler" moniker on me I will refrain from telling you how) but his constant whining, particularly to a reader who over the years came to appreciate the people who make carriers work, as taught by a man who loved his Navy and died in its service) - - well, his attitude really irritated me.
It is a credit to the Captain and crew of the Bush that they treated him as a guest, no matter how unreasonable, and his refusal to totally immerse himself into their world and live as they lived is a loss for him, and not a gain for the reader.
With all that being said the book is still worth a read.