Lives depend on training
September 28, 2009 · 12:44 PM
I do not think any Navy pilot would intentionally fly over the town and facilities to harass. He is, as the pilot in command of his aircraft, entrusted to him and his skills, by the taxpayers, attempting to safely conduct his mission.
Sometimes, they get the interval too close and end up spreading out, which may push them out while in the pattern. Again, the training is vital to a Navy pilot getting back aboard the first time, day or night, pitching deck, after a combat mission or routine training. The noise we hear is a necessity, it may be unpleasant and bothersome, but it is vital.
There is no malice in it on the part of the Navy. They are simply fulfilling a requirement that has to be met prior to going aboard the carrier. The pilots are serving you, and once overseas and in Indian country, performing combat patrol flights, air strikes (if required) and surveillance.
You as patriots are enabling them to get back on the ship safely, by understanding their need for practice. It is a fact that a Navy pilots’ heart rate is higher when landing on the carrier than in the height of aerial combat, it is not easy and only a handful of men in this world can do it, and they do it for you.
David “Chris” Christopherson,
LCDR USN Ret.