I enlisted directly from High School and did my Boot Camp at Great Lakes. I was sent to VA12 in 1976 and spent my 4 year enlistment with the squadron. I served as a Plane Captain for most of those 4 years by my own choice. I loved the deck, the crew and the A7E. I worked days until i got bored and went to night check. I made my first Mde Cruise on the Independence (CV62) and then we transferred to the Eisenhower (CVN69) and i made another Med Cruise before we sailed to the Indian Ocean during the Iranian Hostage Crises. I was released in Singapore and traveled home by way of the PI or Subic Bay. Ever since I have been a Navy fanatic building scale models of the aircraft that I was deployed with and ships of all types. I have created a web site dedicated to the A7E Corsair and the entire Navy - www.a7e-attack.com and then I created another site for some cool stuff to buy - www.usnavyexchange.com. I just can't get enough of those flying machines.