06-23-2011, 10:41 PM
(06-23-2011 12:10 PM)burma.girl Wrote: [ -> ]Not particularly spectacular pictures, but something interesting I saw recently at a festival. The Shriners put on on airshow in our fair city and this was on display:
Then I saw the name on the side:
A Ghost Rider of a different color....
That is an A-7 Corsair. The same jet my dad flew. Neat!
You all may recall that movie Top-Gun, too, where 'Maverick's call sign was 'Ghostrider'. There was a bit of controversy over that at the time because that call sign was designated and reserved for the new, and as yet publicly known F-117A 'Stealth Fighter'. Fun little tidbit.
The A-7A my dad and others flew off the USS Constellation had call signs of 'Charger'. So on approach to the ship, when they had the pilots 'call the ball', they would say 'Charger 411 has the ball' for example. 411 being a plane number. 'Charger' let them know audibly on the ship that it was an A-7 Corsair. Other planes, like the venerable F-8 Crusader like my Godfather Mikey flew was known as 'Superheat'.
Dad's personal call sign was 'Pygmy', due to his diminutive stature. I think he was only about 5'6" tall or so.