Thursday, September 08, 2005

I Feel The Need, The Need for Speed!

Having grown up as a Navy brat I was usually near a military installation that started with NAS. My father was a career Navy Seabee and I lived in places like Yokosuka Japan, Port Hueneme CA, Keflavik Iceland, Quonset Point RI, all before I was a twelve. Watching the jets was a fascination for me and always exciting. If there was an air show near by I would be there, as close to the flight line as possible, eyes glued skyward.

It must have been this fascination with complex machines that do extraordinary things that brought me to submarines and if my life choices had been a little different I may have earned Wings instead of Dolphins.

That being said I felt the need to share some aviation eye candy.
Scroll down and fulfill your "Need for Speed" complete with trans-sonic vapor clouds.

F/A-18 Hornet going Supersonic Location Taehan-min'guk – Republic of Korea, July 7, 1999
(Source: US Navy -Ensign John Gay)

F/A-18F Super Hornet July 27, 2005 USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Philippine Sea
(Source: US Navy - Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Jonathan Chandler)

F/A 18 going Supersonic (Source: US Navy)

F-14B Tomcat USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Mediterranean Sea Mar. 30, 2005
(Source: US Navy -Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Justin S. Osborne )

F14-B Tomcat going Supersonic Mediterranean Sea, April 22, 2003
(Source: US Navy - Justin S. Osborne)

B-1B subsonic but super low (Source: USAF)

STS-106 Space Shuttle Atlantis, September 8, 2000 going Trans-sonic
(Source: NASA)

OK, if the photos weren't enough to satisfy, then you may want to try this (I did) or this or maybe even this.

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