July 2006 Mile-High Maiden
Life on an aircraft carrier can be exciting but also very dangerous, especially for those working the flight deck. Flight operations are choreographed as well as a New York ballet, and as in a ballet, each person has a specific role to play. While certain safety equipment is worn in common, each player has his own costume, as it were, designating the different jobs on the flight deck. See below.
“As part of the team managing flight operations on the carrier, personnel must wear the proper flight deck uniform. All personnel must wear a cranial- impact helmet with liner, goggles, and sound attenuators. Personnel who work on the flight deck must also wear long sleeve jerseys and trousers, flight deck shoes, an inflatable life preserver outfitted with distress light marker, sea dye marker, and a secured whistle. Notice the different colors identifying different assignments or jobs.”
RED: Ordnancemen, repair parties and fire fighters.
BLUE: Aircraft handling, chockman, and elevator operators.
GREEN: Aircraft maintenance men.
YELLOW: Aircraft movement directors and catapult officers.
BROWN: Plane captains.
PURPLE: Fuelers who refuel aircraft between missions.
WHITE : Other (medical team, air wing LSOs, sighting teams, safety personnel, and visitors).
With the advent of women in combat roles is it any surprise that fashion has become a powerful consideration in all things military? The currently proposed changes in flight-deck attire reflect this new reality. As a good example, check out what the new ordnancemen will be wearing....
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