Nice shot of my old carrier, USS JOHN F KENNEDY as she turns into the wind to launch and recover aircraft. I took this from what we called high-holding, about 2,000 feet above the carrier as we waited for our recovery/landing time. We would watch, or “hawk” the deck to see when the last aircraft to launch were close to getting off the deck, then we would descend and get into our landing pattern. 90,000 tons and 1000′ of American steel.
The ship is retired now, sitting at a pier in Philadelphia, broken down and awaiting an ignominious fate, probably a ship breaker’s torch. A number of groups have tried to save the ship for a museum but an unfeeling and uncaring Navy and overall cost of such an effort have proven difficult to get over. Sad.