In honor of the Dubai Airshow being in town (check out "Boeing Secures Record Emirates Deal") there are a lot of government officials and current and ex military folks who have all converged upon our little city for the next week for all things - flight! So Matt and I were pretty delighted to keep them company while we hung out on floating city that's over three football fields in length. USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is the seventh Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier in the United States Navy, named for Senator John C. Stennis of Mississippi. She was commissioned on 9 December 1995.
Supercarrier? I'd say so. The experience of being on the carrier was like none other, because, of course, I have nothing to compare it too! We had a great evening exploring the boat with our Navy escorts, who gave up their leave to attend as staff for the event. It was all fun and games for us, but I have to say it really gave me pause to think about the men and women who live aboard that ship and the time they sacrifice with their family and friends to sail around the world doing good work for the US. It made me very proud.
There were a lot of impressive guest in attendance including our own Ambassador and Consul General, and foreign defense ministers from the UAE and Italy (to name a few). As an aside, I've never been called "ma'am" so much in my life. A gal could get used to that kind of thing.
Go on you know you want to:
Now you enjoyed that, didn't you?
Elbert Leander "Burt" Rutan is an American aerospace engineer noted for his originality in designing light, strong, unusual-looking, energy-efficient aircraft. He is famous for his design of the record-breaking Voyager, which was the first plane to fly around the world without stopping or refueling, and the sub-orbital spaceplane SpaceShipOne, which won the Ansari X-Prize in 2004 for becoming the first privately funded spacecraft to enter the realm of space twice within a two week period. He has five aircraft on display in the National Air and Space Museum: SpaceShipOne, the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, Voyager, Quickie, and the VariEze.
Geez, why is this guy such an under-achiever? Matt's idolized him for a long time and this was an extra, extra, special treat. He was a very friendly guy, for a total genius, and Matt was delighted.
Moral of the story, when someone invites on to an aircraft carrier, you say yes!