The Bakersfield Council Navy League gathered for their first quarter dinner meeting of 2013 at the American Legion Post 26.
The group, which included several World War II Navy veterans, welcomed a special guest for the evening. Aviation photographer and Mojave Transportation Museum Board Member Alan Radecki gave a slide-show presentation about his experience aboard the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman.
Radecki spent two weeks at sea collecting a series of images documenting life on an aircraft carrier. Some of the images detailed daily tasks such as FOD checks, takeoffs and landings. ìI was really blown away with how well that team worked together,î said Radecki.
Other images were artistic representations taken at night or during the low-light of dusk. One of the most intriguing visuals was Radeckiís use of time-lapse photography to condense several hours of F/A-18 flight operations into a one-minute video clip. According to Radecki, ìItís an amazing ballet,î watching the aircraft take-off and land one after another.
In contrast with the ballet-like choreography, was the loud thunderous crashing of every aircraft that landed. Radecki explained that as an aircraft approaches the landing deck, the pilot moves to full-throttle in case he misses the arresting wire. ìLanding on a carrier deck is a bit like a controlled crash … there is no gentleness involved.
Radecki is the author of ìA Mojave Scrapbook: Memories of an Unforgettable Airport.î His book is a photographic recollection of historical events that occurred at the Mojave Air and Spaceport. He has been published in Flight International and Aviation Week. He is also author of a Vintage Air blog which can be found at www.vintageairphotos.blogspot.com. To see more of Radeckiís portfolio visit www.mojavewest.zenfolio.com.
The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 to provide a voice for the sea services to Congress and the American people. Since that time, it has served as a support system for U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Flag Merchant Marines.
In addition to speaking out for the sea services, the NLUS encourages the morale of active duty personnel and their families. They also educate and the youth through programs designed to teach military values, like Junior ROTC, Naval Sea Cadets Corps and the Young Marines. For more information on the NLUS visit www.navyleague.org.