Above & Beyond: Relief Flight
- By Tom Pinardo, as told to Vincent Czaplyski
- Air & Space magazine, November 2001
(Page 3 of 3)
The media frenzy surrounding the whole story eventually subsided. Soon after we returned, the Navy thanked us by inviting our entire crew and our families for a tour of the carrier Kitty Hawk, which was making a liberty stop at Guam in celebration of its 40th birthday. Guy and Pierre even got a second visit a few days later, including a catapult shot off the ship, which by then was headed back to sea, in the carrier’s twin engine Grumman transport. But that was icing on the cake. The best thanks was having played a part in the happy conclusion to an unfortunate situation.
—Tom Pinardo, as told to Vincent Czaplyski