|We got top go to Family Day on the USS Truman. Blake's fighter squadron had been assigned to this carrier and they had just got back from TDY. So the navy allowed friends and family to come on board for the day and take us out for a cruise.
It was an awesome experience! It is hard to capture or explain the immensity of the ship. It is huge! Anyway, we went out into the Gulf Steam somewhere and they flew in some jets from VA Beach. They captured three F-14s and a Hawkeye and then sent them back out again.
They then did a series of "touch and go" off the flight deck and were joined by several other jets. Two jets came by and broke the sound barrier right in front of us! It felt like a canon hit you! There were a bunch of maneuvers done as an air show and then they flew off in formation.
"Shootin the boots" comes from the ritual of the "Shooters" (who are pilots in training and they have to work the flight deck before they can fly) graduating from flight deck duty. On their last day as shooters they get to "shoot" their flight deck boots into the ocean to signify that they are done.