THE NAVY: There It Was

Driving easily through a moderate sea, the vast U.S.S. John F. Kennedy catapulted jet aircraft into the night about 70 miles east of Sicily. One after another, the F-14 fighters braced on the catapults, revved their engines to a screech, then were flung off the bow of the 87,000-ton carrier. The red glow of their afterburners traced their progress as they climbed into the blackness.

When all the flight was safely aloft, the 1,047-ft. Kennedy got ready to position herself for the landing operation — "to seek the wind," in the Navy's phrase. All was well. There was...

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