The Devil’s Waiting Room
The US Navy spends years sorting out the pecking order among Naval Aviators. From the very first moment a student announces he wants to fly rather than sail, the instructors hurl roadblock after roadblock into his flight path.
And the longer he stays, the harder it becomes and the more is expected of him. In the end he needs to be one of the few left standing after the grim dust of failure has finally cleared away.
The final three disciplines are by far the toughest. Can he get a strike fighter into the air from a catapult launch without having a blue fit? Can he land it on the pitching stern of an aircraft carrier without losing his nerve? And can he take off and then land on the deck of a carrier—at night? ...