A day in the life of an F/A-18E fighter pilot deployed on USS Harry S. Truman in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Yesterday we spoke with LT “Wingnut” Wickware about his experiences while deployed aboard the USS Harry S. Truman, CVN-75.
Today he shares some photos with us, allowing us a glimpse into the six month deployment.
A Day in the Life…
Before day breaks, the Red Shirts (Ordnancemen) prepare the ordnance loadouts according to the flight plan.
Launching into the rising sun.
Rendezvous with wingman and head for the tanker.
Top off before heading to work.
Transit ‘In Country’
“Fenced In”, all systems Go.
Coordinating with targeting authority. Target acquisition.
GBU 32 1000LB JDAM separation
“Fenced Out”, Belly Check
Transit back to Mother
Case I recovery, SHB
In the ‘groove’
All in a day’s work. Chocked and chained. Time for chow and a ‘Roll ’em”