Tuesday, December 18, 2012

More Bremerton 1998

 In January of 1998, I was lucky enough to visit the USS Missouri at the Bremerton Naval Shipyard.  I recently got some old film developed and here are a few ships that were there.  Above is the USS Midway, and I want to say USS Sailfish.
 This view of Missouri's stern does not begin to do justice to the length of these ships!!
 The USS New Jersey.
A detail of one of the 5 inch 38 caliber dual purpose guns.

I will be posting more pictures off and on.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Bremerton Naval Yard January 1998

I unearthed several rolls of film recently.  I had them developed and printed.  Here is a panoramic I could have never managed 14 years ago.  Computers are so nice.  This was the last time that the USS Missouri was open to the public while she remained in the Continental USA.  Shortly thereafter she was towed to Hawaii, where she remains.  The USS Sperry is at far left.  The USS New Jersey is next, stern to us.  Several Knox class frigates followed by the USS Midway and the USS Missouri.  the remaining carriers I once knew, but the intervening years have erased the names.  Perhaps a diligent person out there could locate the carriers at port on that date and forward them to me.  Note the Hammerhead crane.  I believe it is no longer there.

Be sure to right-click, copy, and save it to your own desk top to view it best.  This was back when film was the only way to take a decent picture.  The intervening years have not been kind to the negatives.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

AH-64 Apache over Moxee

 On December 1, 2012, an AH-64 Apache was flying over Moxee, Washington, apparently awaiting it's routing orders or attack time.  It orbited about a mile south of the town.  
 It was only the second or third time i have seen an Apache.  The first time was somewhere over Zillah, Washington, some 20 years ago, and even then the glimpse was so quick, I was unable to take a second look to verify my ID.

 This time, I had my camera ready.
 What a good looking monster!