P.J. O’Rourke commenting on time spent on the USS Theodore Roosevelt:
Some say John McCain’s character was formed in a North Vietnamese prison. I say those people should take a gander at what John chose to do–voluntarily. Being a carrier pilot requires aptitude, intelligence, skill, knowledge, discernment, and courage of a kind rarely found anywhere but in a poem of Homer’s or a half gallon of Dewar’s.
I’m not saying that carrier take-offs and landings aren’t performed by men who need wheel-barrows to walk out to their planes. I’m just saying, try flying a 300 ft. plane through a mountain range with your eyes closed. Welcome to submarines.