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.