Frontier Former Editor

September 9, 2007

Call the ball . . . .

Filed under: call the ball, history, landing signal officer, naval aviation, old times, paddles — Frontier Former Editor @ 10:22 am

Another tidbit I recovered last night was this little cartoon:

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(Smithsonian Air and Space magazine, May 1995)

The guide-dog image was hilarious enough, but this all belies the legends and sea stories I grew up on about landing signal officers as a Navy brat.

‘Paddles’ comes from this:

mccampbelllso.jpg

and this:

lsob.jpg

The classic LSO of literature has and always will be Beer Barrel – go read The Bridges at Toko-ri and see the movie. It’s funny and a deeper truth all at once.

Screw the idea of Tom Cruise crooning ‘call the ball.’

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