Monday, September 14, 2009

Vettes on the Lex

Last weekend 300 Chevrolet Corvettes were displayed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington for "Vettes and Jets on the Lex." This very special event benefitted the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Saturday morning Corvettes and their owners queued up on the pier in Corpus Christ, Texas beneath a pouring rain right out of Noah's Ark. After riding up the aircraft elevator, a little red car was parked beneath the wing of an A-3 Skywarrior.

The rain cleared later in the day, and Sunday's weather was spectacular. Like the 300 Spartans, the owners felt privileged just to be on deck. Looking toward the bow from the bridge, we see an F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18 Hornet on the catapults.

Looking aft at the bridge, we see the Hornet in her Blue Angel colours. The word "Corvette" originally referred to a type of small, powerful warship. Corvettes have long been the only American-made sports car. Their owners enjoy both performance cars and American workmanship. During the Apollo years, a Corvette was the astronaut's car of choice. One Apollo crew even bought 3 matching Corvettes. On September 12, 2009 the people's love of America was on display.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

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9:20 AM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

So how do they get that many cars on the carrier? I'm guessing they must have used ramps.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Kea said...

I'm annoyed with Carl for refusing to go to FFP10 in Perth, where I was going to give a talk entitled: Ternary logic in lepton mass quantum numbers. Now there is no point in me going...

10:02 PM  
Blogger nige said...

Maybe they just used a dockside crane to position the cars, much as they use them to place crates on the decks of cargo ships?

11:41 AM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

They built a ramp to the deck-edge lift, and we rode the lift to flight deck.

In the Navy when a carrier was setting off for cruise, we loaded the aircraft by crane to save wear and tear on the flight deck.

Kea, I am sorry if you and Carl can't make it. Perth is a long way away, even from Sydney.

11:56 AM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

After Kea's brutal manipulation of the process (LOL), it turns out we will be going, and will be giving consecutive lectures.

8:43 PM  
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Anonymous 4rx said...

That is a great view with all the Vettes and the jets.

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