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Rescues. (People Planes Places).

In January an F-14D Tomcat from VF-13 went down in the water two miles short of the flight deck of Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), but the pilot and RIO had ejected from the aircraft. A rescue crew from HS-3 heard the call while training and saw the plane splash into the ocean. After coordinating with the ship, they headed to the site. The pilot of the downed craft was in the water five minutes before being brought aboard the helicopter, and the radar intercept officer, who was able to put out a survival raft to await rescue, was aboard in another five minutes. The helicopter was back at TR just 18 minutes after the plane was reported down. The two Tomcat crewmen walked to the ship's medical department for treatment and observation.
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Author:Ball, Joz Dan
Publication:Naval Aviation News
Date:May 1, 2003
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