Mar 1, 2002
Life aboard the USS John C. Stennis, an aircraft carrier that was stationed in the Arabian Sea and supported bombing missions over Afghanistan. Only a few dozen people on board actually fly jets. It takes the rest of the crew — over 5,000 people — to keep them in the air. This American Life producers visited the Stennis in 2002, about six weeks into its deployment. The hour is devoted to this one story.
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- Wendy and Ira interview members of a squadron called the World Famous Screwbirds. As the pilots head to their planes for a mission, they explain how difficult it is to land a plane on an aircraft carrier. Alex Blumberg interviews members the Blue Diamond Squadron, who talk about difficult landings, what Afghanistan looks like from the air, and what it feels like to drop bombs.