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Historical PHOTO - 1972: Don Garlits' Swamp Rat 16 Dragster on the Flight Deck of the USS Lexington
NavSource Online ^ | 1971 | Contibuted by John C. Driskill

Posted on 08/04/2013 12:09:25 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Circa 1972:  Don Garlits' drag racer on the flight deck of the USS Lexington

From NavSource Online, John C. Driskill -

"In 1972, I was stationed on the Lexington (CVT-16) as a PH3. President Richard Nixon asked Don Garlits to do a "Fly Navy Promo" with his car the Swamp Rat 16. We photographers mates were allowed to photograph the scene while assisting the photographers from "Hot Rod" Magazine. We had to swear we would not sell the photographs we took to any other magazines. This is my shot of the Swamp Rat 16 on the flight deck of the Lexington," [ready to race an A-7E Corsair II of VA-81 "Sunliners."]

William Carter Fields adds: "The Catapult Officer is LCDR Mckinney, Flight deck Photographer (back to camera) is PH2 John Signaigo, Phone Talker is AN Parrish. I was Flight Deck Control Phone talker when the photo shoot was done."

(Excerpt) Read more at navsource.org ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; History; Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Sports; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: badass; cv16; cvt16; dongarlits; dragster; flynavy; gonavy; ladylex; navair; swamprat16; usn; usslexington
Big Daddy Don Garlits on the USS Lexington 1972 A color photo too ...
1 posted on 08/04/2013 12:09:25 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

The catapult would probably rip the car in half.


2 posted on 08/04/2013 12:11:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Wooden deck. Bridle retract . . . a bit of history. Thanks.


3 posted on 08/04/2013 12:13:17 PM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th.)
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A US Navy warship and one bad@ss hot rod dragster ... two great things that go GREAT together!


4 posted on 08/04/2013 12:14:16 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

That yoke apparatus on the shuttle is impressive.

Remember when they used to buy used cars and shoot them off the cat just for fun?


5 posted on 08/04/2013 12:14:27 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Can't resist this superb Photoshop.


6 posted on 08/04/2013 12:14:40 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Be Brave! Fear is just the opposite of Nar!)
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To: DogByte6RER

7 posted on 08/04/2013 12:18:12 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: SampleMan
Remember when they used to buy used cars and shoot them off the cat just for fun?

Yeah, they used to do that a lot!


8 posted on 08/04/2013 12:27:25 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: SampleMan; DogByte6RER

9 posted on 08/04/2013 12:29:24 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.i)
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To: DogByte6RER

I had the good fortune to be at Island Dragway in NJ when Garlits ran the first 200mph NHRA sanctioned quarter. His car was top fuel, mine was racing K/SA...55 olds. I recall there was some chute problems and he eventually came to a stop in the field!


10 posted on 08/04/2013 12:43:05 PM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: DogByte6RER
That picture revives a sound in my old brain that was drilled into the head of every kid listening to AM radio in 1960's NE Ohio.

"SUNDAY!!!!! SUNDAY!!!!! SUNDAY!!!! AT DRAGWAY 42!!!!! BIG DADDY DON GARLITS AND HIS SWAMP RAT 16 DRAGSTER!!!!!!

SUNDAY!!!! AT DRAGWAY 42 .... SUNDAY!!!!!!!!!!"

11 posted on 08/04/2013 12:50:29 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: carriage_hill

Wasn’t this the scene when the Eisenhower was turned around to respond to the Crisis in Lebanon?


12 posted on 08/04/2013 12:53:18 PM PDT by SubMareener (Save us from Quarterly Freepathons! Become a MONTHLY DONOR!)
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To: SubMareener

Page says it was USS Enterprise doing a fund-raiser:

http://www.strangemilitary.com/content/item/7310.html

Never saw this article before:

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/16/why-aircraft-carriers-may-be-good-for-parking-cars-but-not-landing-new-jets/


13 posted on 08/04/2013 1:02:26 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.i)
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To: DogByte6RER
IIRC that was a recruiting poster...
14 posted on 08/04/2013 1:14:42 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: rlmorel
heads up...
15 posted on 08/04/2013 1:15:46 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: carriage_hill
Never saw this article before:

Yeah, January 2012, so a year and a half old. Good number of updates since then ...

The issue with the F-35C trapping was that the tailhook is short and very close to the main landing gear. So when the gear passes over an arresting wire the wire doesn't have enough time to "bounce" back up so that the original hook could catch it. The Navy believes it's solved the problem by changing the shape of the F-35C's hook (and possibly revising the hydraulics that keep it down). Result will be a better-trapping F-35C, but also one that goes through arresting cables faster.

As it is, the Brits are out of the F-35C game, having decided to go back to the STOVL F-35B, eliminating the cost associated with putting cats and arrestor gear onto the QE class carriers.

I think the USN still projects an 11-carrier fleet. There was some talk about either the USS Abraham Lincoln or USS George Washington being decommissioned at mid-life refueling to save the cost. But Lincoln is now undergoing refueling and I haven't seen anything else about decomming Washington early. Should be noted that the Navy IS going down to 10 carriers for a few years, as Enterprise was just inactivated (and is being defueled in prep for decommissioning) with the USS Ford still a couple years away from being commissioned.

Hauling the crews cars on the flightdeck is nothing new. IIRC the two Atlantic Fleet carriers (Forrestal and Saratoga) did it when going up to Philly for their SLEPS in the early/mid 80s.
16 posted on 08/04/2013 1:16:50 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: katana
LOL! I remember those! Maybe you will win one of the Vegas!
17 posted on 08/04/2013 1:18:49 PM PDT by rabidralph (Gray State Movie)
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To: tanknetter

Thanks for that F-35C update. Not having a military background and not knowing what credible sources to reply upon, all I hear is bad stuff about the F-35 and F-22 programs.

I almost thought the cars on deck pics were PhotoShopped. Heh.


18 posted on 08/04/2013 1:25:27 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.i)
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To: DogByte6RER

Ha, that’s nothing. We used to drag race the aircraft towers and starter jeeps on the flight deck of the USS Princeton (LPH-5, ex CV-37). Both had governors, but we managed to disable them.

The towers were full cast iron and lumbered along, while the starter jeeps had three wheels (rear one rotated 360 degrees).

And to the NSA trolls, FU.


19 posted on 08/04/2013 1:35:40 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: carriage_hill

The Brits do it too.

Jag fired off the deck of the HMS Invincible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eiJkQzpzRc


20 posted on 08/04/2013 1:36:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Jag driver returns from the dead:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Lkh0uWFg9c


21 posted on 08/04/2013 1:48:16 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.i)
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To: carriage_hill

People were apparently upset when black stig “died” and white stig was born.


22 posted on 08/04/2013 1:50:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: carriage_hill
And who can forget Big Rig Stig?

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23 posted on 08/04/2013 1:54:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Nice rig.

I don’t even want to know where his right arm’s been. Did he just deliver a calf or foal?


24 posted on 08/04/2013 1:59:31 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.i)
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To: carriage_hill

He’s got the standard (For Britain) tan right arm. Here in the states its a tan left arm.


25 posted on 08/04/2013 2:01:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DogByte6RER; Chode

Hahahahaha...the dragster will beat the old SLUF off of the flight deck...:)

Nowadays, you would have some liberal harpy complaining about a misuse of governmental and military resources for the photo op...

Screw all of them.


26 posted on 08/04/2013 2:12:46 PM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: carriage_hill; SampleMan

FR’s the greatest site on the web! Someone mentions something really cool like shooting a car off a carrier with a catapult, and someone else finds an actual picture of it!


27 posted on 08/04/2013 2:15:42 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Justice for Trayvon: Dig up his body and shoot him again.)
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To: rlmorel
100%
28 posted on 08/04/2013 2:21:22 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: cripplecreek

They also launched a piano...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5cD_oTV2wI


29 posted on 08/04/2013 3:31:46 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps
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To: carriage_hill
all I hear is bad stuff about the F-35 and F-22 programs.

Both are young, bleeding-edge programs. Teething problems are to be expected. The F-111, B-1B, F-14 and other aircraft had their issues too, but matured into world-beating aircraft in their respective categories. The V-22 is another one that looks like it's turning out pretty well.

One of the big problems with the F-35 is marketing. It's presumed to be a "fighter" because of the "F" designation. In reality it's a light attack aircraft in the same class (roughly) as the A-7 Corsair II. Just one that's also stealthy, supersonic and having really good first-see/first-shot/first-kill air-to-air capability.
30 posted on 08/04/2013 4:06:01 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter

I hope they survive and prosper over the decades. I’m a big fan of the B-1B and SR-71 Blackbird, and think they were two of the slickest units ever built.


31 posted on 08/04/2013 4:13:02 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.i)
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To: carriage_hill

I saw the Military History channel show a proposed B-1R “missile truck” idea.

Very cool and weird.


32 posted on 08/04/2013 4:17:19 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

Sounds like something I’d like to see a prototype of.

Military Channel (112) is “Digital Preferred” here on York’s CommieCast; I only have “Digital Starter”, which has a nice selection, but the MC would be nice.


33 posted on 08/04/2013 4:28:51 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.i)
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To: DogByte6RER; mickie; flaglady47
Don "Big Daddy" Garlits was born in Tampa, Florida. He is 81 years old now and, along with his wife, Pat, owns and operates The Don Garlits Racing Museum in Ocala, Florida.

In 1994 he was the Republican nominee for Congress in Florida's 5th Congressional District. A conservative, he was defeated by the Dem candidate, Karen Thurman.

In the estimation of many, his colorful and controversial "down-home" tongue did him in. He supported Ron Paul for president in 2008.

Leni

34 posted on 08/04/2013 4:29:55 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: GreenLanternCorps; mickie; flaglady47
For a brief nostalgic moment with two Brit classic comedians, there's a bit by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore (both now deceased) at # 29.

Leni

35 posted on 08/04/2013 4:39:00 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: katana

ah yes and don’t forget don “the snake” prudhomme...


36 posted on 08/04/2013 4:42:27 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: carriage_hill

I think most Military History Channel programs are stuff the History Channel ran in the past, but its the best stuff IMO.


37 posted on 08/04/2013 4:44:46 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

Closest I can get are some YT vids:

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=military+channel&oq=military+channel&gs_l=youtube.3..0l10.1670.4885.0.5372.16.9.0.6.6.0.130.531.4j2.6.0...0.0...1ac.1.11.youtube.0QJl7y65FMg


38 posted on 08/04/2013 4:52:23 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.i)
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To: carriage_hill

Some others who thought the B1-R would be worth trying

http://www.strategypage.com/militaryforums/6-57728-page5.aspx#startofcomments

http://www.sciforums.com/B-1R-Lancer-t-107928.html

(video clip) http://snafu-solomon.blogspot.com/2012/04/why-no-b-1r-experiment.html

http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?107277-B-1-Bomber-with-AAMs-%28Missile-Mothership%29-Rand-concept/page4


39 posted on 08/04/2013 4:59:30 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SubMareener; carriage_hill
Wasn’t this the scene when the Eisenhower was turned around to respond to the Crisis in Lebanon?

No. Its the Christening of the USS Ted Kennedy

40 posted on 08/04/2013 5:07:35 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: DogByte6RER

My 2 older brothers were in the Navy at the time, and the whole family was drag racers.

I had a huge poster of this on my wall as a kid!


41 posted on 08/04/2013 5:15:03 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: katana

In South Jersey it was:SUNDAY...SUNDAY...SUNDAY...SUPER SUNDAY AT ATCO DRAGWAY...BE THERE!!!


42 posted on 08/04/2013 6:39:44 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (Democrats + Unions + Corruption= Detroit.)
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