Down Periscope!

The day I almost collided with a submarine.

(Photo-illustration: iLexx/iStockphoto; Sea Knight: US Navy/Adam D. Wainwright)
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“Hey everyone. Did you see the submarine? Cool…um…yeah…there it is…down there. Let’s head back.”

I pointed the Phrog toward the Rainier’s radio beacon and thought about how I almost became the first pilot to have a mid-air collision with a submerged submarine.

A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Todd Vorenkamp is a former naval aviator who has served as aircraft commander in a variety of helicopters. His photography website is

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