U. S. Navy Carrier Aviation
Flight Deck Personnel
I served in the U. S. Navy and I was assigned to the USS Ranger (CVA-61) where I worked in the Operations Office. However I often observed Flight Deck Operations when I had some time off from my duties. The USS Ranger was the first Carrier to deploy with the F-4 Phantom aircraft. This was during the 1962-1963 Western Pacific Cruise. This Post will feature the Flight Deck Personnel and let every reader here know about the different colors of jerseys and what they mean.
|This is a picture that I took during the 1962-1963 Western Pacific Deployment. We were in port somewhere in Japan and I took an opportunity to take this picture of four Phantoms parked on the Port Side of the Flight Deck.|
I took the opportunity to relearn what the various Colors meant that the Flight Deck Personnel wore during Air Operations on A Carrier. These Crewmembers are assigned to an Aircraft Carrier and their duty involves working with the assigned Aircraft, which are part of a Carrier Aviation Group. The first thing I observed was a plaque that informed me that the pictures on the USS Midway were taken with the Various Colors and that Sailors assigned to the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) modeled the respective colors. In fact the Plaque had this message:
"Special Thanks to the Crew
of the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) for
posing for this Exhibit"
As you view the following pictures and you think that these Sailors look quite young, please be aware that they really are!!!
|Yellow-shirted Flight Deck Personnel direct taxiing planes around the flight deck.|
|Purple-jerseyed Flight Deck Personnel are in charge of refueling aircraft and maintaining aviation fuel quality.|
|Brown-jerseyed Flight Deck Personnel are plane captains who oversee the maintenance of individual aircraft.|
|White-jerseyed Flight Deck Personnel are safety observers.|
|Red-jerseyed Flight Deck Personnel handle the bullets, bombs, missiles and rockets loaded aboard the aircraft.|
|Green-jerseyed Flight Deck Personnel run and maintain the catapult and areesting gear machinery.|
|Blue-jerseyed Flight Deck Personnel operate tow tractors and aircraft elevators to move aircraft about the flight and hanger decks.|