This is one thing I am so grateful I got to do for my parents - I gave them a chance to go one a week long cruise on a aircraft carrier!
We were heading back stateside from the Gulf. We had offloaded the Air Wing (the crewmembers that work with the different types of planes) so had plenty of berthing space available. We stopped in Pearl Harbor to pick up the "Tigers".
I never knew how much I looked like Mom til I saw this pic! In the hanger bay - the area under the flight deck for storing planes. Hence the need for aircraft elevators!
F-14s were my favorite. They're awesome looking planes. If you need to know what one looks like up close - just watch Top Gun.
demonstrating in-air refueling
And the whole shebang!
They really enjoyed this trip and they talked about it for years afterward.