A S-3B of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 32 Maulers during its landing attempt on board the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), closely observed by the Landing Signal Officer or Landing Safety Officer (LSO), also informally known as Paddles.
S-3B of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 32 Maulers catches the wire on board the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) while embarked with Carrier Air Wing One and deployed in the Persian Gulf during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Viking in its element, refueling a Super Hornet. This picture was made after I asked the airboss of Carrier Air Wing ONE if there was a possibility for a refueling pass between the launch and recovery of the aircraft of air wing. I did not expect them to pass that low, that close and even connected. VS-32 had during this cruise the honours to give the S-3B the Sundown cruise of the type, the very last operational deployment of the War Hoover.
Flying with the Kustwacht is great, sitting relaxed with open door or window in PH-CGN and photographing PH-CGC over the Wadden, North Sea and Dutch coast line. The aircraft are based at Amsterdam-Schiphol and owned by the Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu, Royal Netherlands Air Force), flown by aviators of the KLu and the Koninklijke Marechaussee (KMar, Military Police), but maintained by a civil company. Observers working inside the Do228 are extracted personnel from the Dutch police, customs and Rijkswaterstaat (public works).