F-8K Crusader and F-14A Tomcat on the deck of the USS Yorktown at sunset. I was done shooting for the evening when the sky turned quickly from a dull grey to this amazing cotton candy blue and pink. I had to work quickly to get this shot knowing I only had a few minutes before I lost the sky completely.
That’s just how it is sometimes: you’re working slow and methodically and the next thing you know you’re running around at breakneck speeds reshooting shot after shot that you just completed because God hands you a beautiful gift of a sky.
An aircraft carrier like the USS Yorktown is not a small ship and it does not turn without effort, yet a small wheel at its helm as seen here is all that is required to turn the mighty ship. The Yorktown is now a decommissioned museum ship docked at Patriot’s Point in Charleston, South Carolina but it is still a sight to behold. There is an efficiency and purpose to every piece of her.
An America flag waves above an F-14 Tomcat as it sits aboard the Essex class Aircraft Carrier USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point near Charleston, South Carolina. I don’t know about you, but I spent many an afternoon as a kid watching this aircraft in Top Gun waiting for the words “We’re going ballistic Mav!”.