"On May 28th, 1971, Oriskany was
Trans packing across the Pacific Ocean on our way to WEST PAC
71. I was sitting in the Legal Office where I worked,
although we weren't busy at all, just being present during
office Hours. Just another day, until all of sudden over
the IMC, came the words: "Launch the Alert Cat."
Another Yeoman who was in the office said, Ron, come on
lets go to the 07 level, something is coming in. Usually I kept
my Camera in the office next to my desk, just in case I had a
few minutes, and wanted to take some pictures. On this day
it paid off big time. I made it up to the
starboard side and got a great spot to view what was coming in.
We had just launched 2- F-8's that were on alert, on the port
and starboard cats, and the flight deck crews were getting 2 A-7
Corsairs ready to go as well.
Off in the distance- from the starboard side aft was this huge
shape, with 2 little shapes next to them, all trailing exhaust
smoke. As it got closer it got bigger and bigger, and then I saw
it, that Big Red Star on the tail. I couldn't take
pictures fast enough and luckily got a few pictures of
2 Russian Bear Bombers paying us a
visit that day. It was scary at first, but after that is
was a thrilling 45 minutes, one I will never forget. Both
Bombers made several passes from different directions, with
escort of 2 F-8's on one plane and 2 A-7 Corsair's on the
other. A truly unique day! "