One of the most talented photographers
to wear the Marine uniform. Me.
I just got done flying back-seat of a jet
trainer. I was up taking photographs of something. Subject forgotten.
In order to fly in the back-seat of a Marine
jet fighter you needed to be certified and have your back-seat
card. How I got this back-seat certification is another
'only at the windsock' story.
We had a young and cute woman Marine in
the office for a short time. Not my type. Julie was more my type.
Anyway she had this assignment where she was going to get certified
for the back seat.
I don't remember all we did but there were
four or five tests you had to go through.
She would write about her experience and
I would photograph her going through the testing. Since I was
there the training crew invited me to also take the tests and
get certified. I did.
So off we went to get certified for flying
in the back seat of a military jet.
Everything went O.K. until the last test.
This is were we are put into a presure chamber and then you go
through a simulation of being sent to over 35,000 feet and back
to sea-level. You wear a oxygen mask the entire time. There is
an instructor inside, as well as outside, the chamber.
Because this whole process can take some
time they will not abort the test unless in extreme emergency.
Malfunction of clothing is not considered an emergency.
Remember you are being sent to an alitude
of 35,000 feet in the chamber. That's the whole point of the test.
Besides the female reporter we had one
other female going through the test. The instructor states in
a very firm way that anyone wearing any kind of foam material
must remove the foam before getting into the chamber. As the pressure
is reduced, as we gain alitude, the foam will expand. And I really
My reporter was fully aware of the magic
properties of foam at high altitude. Because she stated that she
already knew the situation and was ready to go.
I guess the second female either ignored
any warnings or wasn't told prior to taking the tests what would
happened. And now she just kept her mouth shut and off we went
in the high-altitude chamber.
Well it wasn't long before both intrustors
were laughing and once we realized what the joke was we all were
Except for the second female. She was the
Apparently she wore falsies and was to
embarased to admit it and remove them before we went into the
Her figure got better and better with every
minute of increased altutude and lower pressure.
She started freaking out. Demanded she
be removed from the chamber. She was told 'no way.' They told
her to take the falsies out and go without. She wouldn't. She
was screaming that she wanted out.
She started to really panic. We were almost
at the required altitude so they continued with the test. The
test was not aborted. After all this is the Marines. The Few.
Everyone received their Back-Seat Certification.
My reporter did write the story. Can't remember how she got around
the falsies scandal.
A short time later this same female reporter
requested a medical discharge from the Marines. Seems she had
an existing medical problem before she joined and lied about it.
She had 'Curverture of the Spin' or something to that effect.
Caused back problems.
For a while they considered giving her
a court-martial and a General discharge. Instead they gave her
the medical dischange. She didn't get an Honorable discharge just
a General. She did lie. [Next]