When flight operations end the work on the flight deck doesn't stop. Tag along after hours with a U.S. Navy aviation boatswain's mate aircraft handler on the deck of the USS George H.W. Bush while underway in the Persian Gulf. At night these sailors, also commonly known as yellow shirts, are responsible for repositioning aircraft in preparation for the next day's flight operations. Read more at: http://www.stripes.com/go/y...
It's dark, it's loud, it's hazardous; There are more than 60 aircraft tightly parked on the Bush's flight deck and hanger bay, one slip up can result in thousands of dollars worth of damage to an aircraft.
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For the men and women taking part in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, each day brings the possibility for tragedy or victory, death or heroism. They are not mutually exclusive, and often a single instant produces them all. These themes run through the pages of the ninth edition of Stars and Stripes' annual Heroes special section. These tales of valor, courage and compassion tell the story of a nation at war.
Heroes 2013: http://goo.gl/CNyzE