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Flights to support the fleet

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Flights to support the fleet

I reported: "Ahead is free."


The commander confirmed: "Understood, taxiing to the right."

And we steered into the lane.

We taxied fast, even too fast, and there were reasons for that. We were late, and very late.

We were going to fly out to provide forces fleet. Normal flight "for support".

What is "provided"?

This is work in the interests of ships and submarines.

It can be different: surveying the area, jamming, flying as air targets, monitoring the results of the strike, and many other things that I won’t tell you about.

Flight "for support" is always distinguished by its non-standard and some freedom of action. Such flights are not only interesting, but also quite difficult because you need to either very accurately follow a given route or accurately reach a given point in place and time.

These flights are also complicated by the need to communicate with the ships, and this occupation is not for the faint of heart.

Sailors are trying to communicate using code tables in open networks, by conventional phrases, numbers, words. I don’t know why, but VHF radio stations on ships are bad, and sailors have no experience in radio communications with aircraft.

In general, in most cases, attempts at coded communication between ships and aircraft come down to a well-known case:

Ship: "Performed 323!"
Plane: “I don’t understand, repeat ...”
Ship: “I did 323! 323! 323!"
Plane: “Only the background comes from you, I don’t understand, repeat ...”
Ship: “Yes, I launched it, launched a rocket, watch!”
Plane: "Understood, let me in, I'm watching."

Well, there is one more peculiarity when working with sailors - they do not know how to do anything on time.

Perhaps they are trying, but the general organization of affairs in the fleet is such that it is impossible to guess whether the ships will arrive at a given point on time, or not at all.

Hence the problems with our departures.

In order for us to get to a given point on time, we must take off on time, and this does not always work out, and all because the sailors are in no hurry to bring us changes in their plans.

And this time the sailors did not betray themselves, they confirmed the “work” to us late, so we taxied very quickly, and I was already wondering where I would cut the route, since even the maximum speed would not save us, and it is not recommended to be late, these sailors will later such history inflate that everyone will get.

We taxied to the runway, read the map, the commander asks for take-off, we are allowed to do everything, but the plane, instead of starting the takeoff run, is standing still. I can't stand it:

- Well?

- Wait…

- Where are you going to wait? And so we go to the limit ...

- Yes, you wait, yo-mine!

There is some commotion in the cockpit...

I open the curtain, look at the commander, and see a marvelous picture - the commander has unfastened all the belts, parachute and harness, and is trying to take off his life belt with one inflated float. Cramped, uncomfortable, inflated float touches all protruding objects, in general, the pilots are not bored and even interesting.


Aviation life belt with inflated float

And somehow I was "let go" ...

I calmed down and waited for everything to happen. The commander tore off his belt, threw it into the aisle, got into all the belts, and we took off.

The flight went well, without incident.


Photo: russianplanes.net / Syritsa Mikhail

And now I will tell you not about the flight, but about the preparation for it.

Preparing for a big flight


About serious preparation, about how a mature ship commander takes care of the crew, thinks over the flight, tries to plan his actions in an emergency situation.

Prepared the crew of the "backfire" for "security". Single sortie to jamming and work as a target in the Japan area. Departure after lunch. The weather is getting worse. We are sitting in the navigation shop, getting ready for pre-flight instructions.

I look, something “senior” is spinning around me, cutting circles.

I ask: "What are you thinking there?".

The answer is veiled: “You understand, to work there near Japan, to put interference, it is possible to land on Knevichi ...”

I answer that I understand, but I don’t understand, where am I?

Call from afar: "You used to be the navigator of an electronic warfare squadron and often landed on Knevichi, drive with them, something is out of place."

I cannot say that the prospect of flying to Knevichi made me happy, but service is service. I went home, took rags, went to the airfield.

At the pre-flight instructions, attention was not focused on a possible landing in Knevichi, they were simply reminded of the readiness for landing at an alternate airfield.

The crew was experienced, everyone was my same age, the commander was my same age, the navigator was my classmate. Nothing will frighten them, so they perceived my appearance in the crew even with resentment. Anyway.

Launched, requested "preliminary".

With the KDP, they said in a stern voice that we needed to linger in the area, the ships had not yet arrived, so the landing would definitely be in Knevichi: both in terms of the weather and the remaining fuel.

Here the commander showed himself.

Having reported to the flight director that he was taxiing, the commander said to the SPU that he was turning off the left engine, and that the “Earth” (ground senior technician) urgently needed to drag the stepladder. We, the navigators, can hardly see what's going on ahead, we saw the fuss of the starter, but did not understand.

They quickly started up again, taxied out.

From the "preliminary" we were returned to the parking lot, the flight was beaten off due to the unavailability of the ships.

Taxied, got out.

I asked the commander, what was the fuss about the left engine?

Instead of answering, the commander showed a liter metal flask.

Everything turned out to be simple.

Usually the commander filled this flask with alcohol after the flight, it was kept by the starter, but when he heard about the landing in Knevichi, he turned off the engine, forced the starter to fill the flask, and took it into flight.

“Well, so that we would not be so bored at a foreign airfield,” the commander said.

I really liked the preparation for a serious flight in this crew.

It should be noted that we found what to do with this flask at the base airfield. Alcohol didn't disappear, didn't disappear...
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  1. Amateur
    Amateur 31 January 2022 18: 09
    +5
    !!! Thank!
  2. CHEREDA73
    CHEREDA73 31 January 2022 18: 16
    +14
    This is an excerpt from a poem by a veteran of 924 Guards. MRAP A. Karpov "Planning Table", on the provision of the forces of the fleet ...

    Providing the Forces of the Fleet,
    Sometimes such a rigmarole!
    Commands for the pilot will be given:
    "Don't climb into any door"!

    That height does not suit them,
    Five thousand must be "lost"!
    Not another minute passes
    But he must take it!

    And then they suddenly ask the pilot,
    Lose speed in flight
    But this is a disruption for the plane!
    You can't manage it anymore!

    But Belozerov is a brave pilot,
    Didn't make any compromises
    German-right agreed with him,
    And the crew went home.

    Sattarov will drop "M - sixth", * 14
    For naval air defense,
    The task seems to be simple,
    But they will encourage him again.

    *14 Sattarov Anfis Sagitovich, major, military pilot 1st class.
    "M-6" - aviation target.
    1. Bez 310
      31 January 2022 18: 19
      +3
      Quote: CHEREDA73
      "Planning Table"

      I read, somehow Sokerin showed.
      1. CHEREDA73
        CHEREDA73 31 January 2022 18: 22
        +7
        And how many different things Sokerin himself wrote: both poems and stories (especially about refueling, it’s interesting, he was a circus magician in general in this matter), and about admirals ... Of course, he writes about admirals with pain.
        1. Bez 310
          31 January 2022 18: 28
          +4
          Quote: CHEREDA73
          he was actually a circus magician in this case

          I do not know ...
          But I flew with commanders who, at night, in a turn, took the hose into the grip. Sokerin came to the regiment when refueling was already over.
          1. CHEREDA73
            CHEREDA73 31 January 2022 18: 35
            +10
            He writes that before the academy, that is, in the 924th regiment, he refueled for eight years. Both day and night, and in a turn, and from the right cup (which did not count), and at extreme heights, when the Tu-16 is like a sleepy fly, it barely reacts to control. He writes that if there was an opportunity, he always asked to be allowed to grapple. Do you know that not all pilots loved this occupation ...
            In short, Viktor Nikolaevich was a fan of this business. Here, I remembered his story "How I taught Panov bad things" ...
      2. Nemchinov Vl
        Nemchinov Vl 31 January 2022 18: 53
        +14
        Quote: Bez 310
        ...and there is one more feature when working with seafarers - they do not know how to do anything on time
        ...
        Quote: Bez 310
        ...Perhaps they are trying, but the general organization of affairs in the fleet is such that it is impossible to guess whether the ships will arrive at a given point on time, or not at all.
        laughing the opinion of the "flyers" about the naval ones is clear (!) ...
        but it’s interesting what the naval say (think) about "flyers", after such joint actions ... ?!
        1. CHEREDA73
          CHEREDA73 31 January 2022 19: 00
          +13
          They don't think anything good. All sorts of offensive nicknames they use. Aviation, in their opinion, is something auxiliary.
        2. Bez 310
          31 January 2022 19: 15
          +9
          Quote: Vl Nemchinov
          what do the naval say (think) about the "flyers", after such joint actions ...?!!!

          Aviation is always to blame for naval commanders, despite the fact that they do not understand anything about it.
          1. CHEREDA73
            CHEREDA73 31 January 2022 19: 28
            +11
            Behold, golden words!
            Moreover, the naval officers themselves never liked it when combined arms commanders poke their noses into their affairs or directly command them. Somewhere I read "Cavalry Do Not Command the Fleet" and rightly so. But, without hesitation, the navy command aviation, understanding nothing in aviation matters.
          2. Nemchinov Vl
            Nemchinov Vl 31 January 2022 19: 47
            +7
            Quote: Bez 310
            Aviation is always to blame for naval commanders, despite the fact that they do not understand anything about it.

            Ahahaha-hahahaha laughing , in other words, your "sympathy" mutual!!!
            Thanks for the answer (!) hi
            1. Bez 310
              31 January 2022 20: 21
              +8
              Quote: Vl Nemchinov
              Your "sympathy" is mutual!!!

              A little later I will try to talk about some meetings with admirals, so, everyday ...
          3. EvilLion
            EvilLion 1 February 2022 09: 14
            -3
            If for a pilot attacking ships and flying over the sea in general is just some subspecies of activity with its own nuances (below the water surface on which there is no relief and its own characteristics of the reflection of radio waves), and for this it is not necessary for them to know the mechanisms of the fleet, then for naval aviation and features its applications will always be a dark forest. That is why I believe that there should not be anything flying in the fleet other than anti-submarine aircraft and shipborne helicopters. And the crews for all this are recruited according to the principle of sending the worst from the school there. Fighters and bombers should all be run by the Air Force. Sailors will drown such equipment.
            1. Bez 310
              1 February 2022 09: 23
              +10
              Quote: EvilLion
              apart from anti-submarine aircraft and shipborne helicopters. And the crews for all this are recruited according to the principle of sending the worst from the school there.

              How can the worst ones be "exiled" to anti-submarine aviation if this aviation is the most complex of all "aviations"?
          4. your vsr 66-67
            your vsr 66-67 6 February 2022 13: 28
            0
            Like aviators in the navy
        3. 3x3zsave
          3x3zsave 31 January 2022 19: 16
          +7
          Yes, about the same as the air defense officers! laughing
  3. Aag
    Aag 31 January 2022 19: 09
    +6
    Dear Bez (Michael)!
    Since you have "rocked" a similar genre on "VO" (Thank you!), - work hard, please, a little more - reveal the fullness of the story not only to "flyers" (I understand that a certain "sacred" meaning of the story is close to the aviation of the Navy amuses rumor - please, comrade officers - no offense ...); I think that a number of abbreviations, terms, require at least a general explanation ... Even better - in the interpretation of the Author))). It can be unforgettable... hi
    1. Bez 310
      31 January 2022 19: 17
      +3
      Quote: AAG
      a number of abbreviations, terms, requires at least a general explanation.

      Like, I try to reveal all the abbreviations. If something is not entirely clear, ask specific questions.
    2. Aag
      Aag 31 January 2022 19: 20
      +3
      Quote: AAG
      Dear Bez (Michael)!
      Since you have "rocked" a similar genre on "VO" (Thank you!), - work hard, please, a little more - reveal the fullness of the story not only to "flyers" (I understand that a certain "sacred" meaning of the story is close to the aviation of the Navy amuses rumor - please, comrade officers - no offense ...); I think that a number of abbreviations, terms, require at least a general explanation ... Even better - in the interpretation of the Author))). It can be unforgettable... hi

      Yes, in a sense I am "insolent"! - but I think, exploiting your popular writer's image (without bad intentions!), - what do you think? Isn't it time to open a cycle, start the topic "Retired officer ..." (or, something like that. In the end, the most "weighty" part of those present relate to them, - the reasons are obvious, - either, - "sympathizers" ...)
      Isn't it time to create your own ... conglomerate?))) hi
      1. bober1982
        bober1982 31 January 2022 19: 28
        -5
        Quote: AAG
        Isn't it time to create your own ... conglomerate?

        Excuse me for interfering in your conversation, but I'm interested.
        What kind of conglomerate can be in our unenviable position, only one: 180 cm by 220 cm, but it must be borne in mind that the parameters of the coffin can be calculated in different ways.
        1. Aag
          Aag 31 January 2022 19: 58
          +7
          Quote: bober1982
          Quote: AAG
          Isn't it time to create your own ... conglomerate?

          Excuse me for interfering in your conversation, but I'm interested.
          What kind of conglomerate can be in our unenviable position, only one: 180 cm by 220 cm, but it must be borne in mind that the parameters of the coffin can be calculated in different ways.

          You give me hope - I'm not the most vile gundos !!
          Seriously, stop panicking! In a good way... I understand your dissatisfaction... As an example, what was blatant, wild during my service, has become a routine now... Game, of course. I now shoot myself! (Wait for hell!). Hold the blow! You are an officer, but an officer is not always aiguillettes, copper pipes ...
          Face in the dirt, alas, our generation is no stranger. Hold on! In every sense. There is still something to fight for. (To spite many). In this regard, your misunderstandings with Bez are extremely unpleasant. no less respect for all signalers ... But, here, there was something ...).
          Patience, wisdom, well, and health to all of us! hi
          1. bober1982
            bober1982 31 January 2022 20: 04
            +2
            Quote: AAG
            Seriously, stop panicking! In a good way...

            What is the panic? It is useful to think about death, the mind will clear up and the brains will be cleared, I did not invent it.
            It is useful, for the soul, to go also to cemeteries, funerals.
            1. Aag
              Aag 31 January 2022 20: 42
              +2
              Quote: bober1982
              Quote: AAG
              Seriously, stop panicking! In a good way...

              What is the panic? It is useful to think about death, the mind will clear up and the brains will be cleared, I did not invent it.
              It is useful, for the soul, to go also to cemeteries, funerals.

              I think I can understand you...
              However, I do not consider it necessary to "dump" everything outward ...
              It's stupid to give advice, recommendations ...
              But after all wishes are not forbidden?!
              ... Someone said: "... Life is not what happens to us, but how we treat it!..."
              Cemeteries and funerals are no exception.
              Yes, personally, sometimes I am infuriated by the (apparent) lightness of friends close to what is happening ... Have you ever thought that they simply protect you (some, of course, themselves, in the first place) from, perhaps, unnecessary shocks?
              Good luck to you! And, please, try to be more mature (even though I am at least 10 years younger), wiser.
              All the best! hi
              1. bober1982
                bober1982 31 January 2022 20: 46
                +3
                Quote: AAG
                Yes, personally, sometimes it infuriates me

                We must fight first of all with our passions, there is a lot of work.
                1. Aag
                  Aag 31 January 2022 20: 57
                  +3
                  Quote: bober1982
                  Quote: AAG
                  Yes, personally, sometimes it infuriates me

                  We must fight first of all with our passions, there is a lot of work.

                  I agree.
                  Not in claims...
                  ... And since there is enough work, it means that not everything is so bad! ...
            2. Old sergeant
              Old sergeant 31 January 2022 20: 44
              +6
              https://echo-s.ru/2021/10/01/122186

              drinks
              Quote: bober1982
              What is the panic?
              1. bober1982
                bober1982 31 January 2022 20: 47
                +5
                Igor, my friend! Let's meet up sometime for a cup of tea.
      2. Bez 310
        31 January 2022 19: 37
        +3
        Quote: AAG
        Isn't it time to open the cycle, launch the Theme "Retired Officer ..."

        Ask the editors this question, I have nothing to do with it. To be honest, I don’t quite understand what you would like to read or write about in such a topic?
        1. Aag
          Aag 31 January 2022 20: 24
          +2
          Quote: Bez 310
          Quote: AAG
          Isn't it time to open the cycle, launch the Theme "Retired Officer ..."

          Ask the editors this question, I have nothing to do with it. To be honest, I don’t quite understand what you would like to read or write about in such a topic?

          About who, how he arranged his life, the lives of his loved ones, having gone into reserve, demobilization ...
          As usual in the Army, start with yourself, by personal example ...
          Retired from the age of 32 ... I understand that part of the readers who are now excited ... (I understand their indignation ... do they understand why this is so ...)
          I’m sure that the tricks of fate for most officers begin with going to the reserve ... (I didn’t put quotes - I would have had to do it too often - it would have lost its meaning))).
          IMHO: the topic is no less interesting than the years of service. Maybe (even) more relevant. Argumentation, well, there are just more pence among acquaintances than servicemen))) ...
          1. Bez 310
            31 January 2022 20: 41
            +5
            Quote: AAG
            About who, how he arranged his life, the lives of his loved ones, having gone into reserve, demobilization ...

            Sorry, I'm not interested in someone else's life.
            1. Aag
              Aag 31 January 2022 20: 54
              +6
              Quote: Bez 310
              Quote: AAG
              About who, how he arranged his life, the lives of his loved ones, having gone into reserve, demobilization ...

              Sorry, I'm not interested in someone else's life.

              Your "narcissism" has long been known on the site ...
              I "appreciate" you, sorry, not for that! Indeed, with respect...
              That is, if someone writes, you won’t read?
              Write about yours. A lot of people will be interested...
              I promise on my own behalf, if anyone is interested, all of a sudden, their "history", the stories of their friends ... I think many will "tighten up."
              1. Bez 310
                31 January 2022 20: 59
                +7
                Quote: AAG
                Write about yours. A lot of people will be interested...

                I can't understand your craving for someone else's life.
                I don't work, I don't like to work.
                1. Aag
                  Aag 31 January 2022 21: 18
                  +1
                  Quote: Bez 310
                  Quote: AAG
                  Write about yours. A lot of people will be interested...

                  I can't understand your craving for someone else's life.
                  I don't work, I don't like to work.

                  Now I don't understand...
                  May I answer tomorrow? - In five hours for "work" ...
                  And, honestly, you need to think about it: "... I don't work, I don't like working ...".
                  ... Just a couple of hours ago I was talking with a friend of the lieutenant-captain times ...
                  Just now (!) got a job! (Well, he "liberated" the Armed Forces from his presence as one of the last among our year of graduation (88th) ... By the way, a red diploma! A maid, - let's say - restrained .
                  Friend, comrade ... - I don’t remember a single time that let me down ... Something like that ...
                  1. Bez 310
                    31 January 2022 21: 20
                    +1
                    Quote: AAG
                    May I answer tomorrow?

                    You don't have to answer.
                    If you have questions about the stories, please ask.
      3. tihonmarine
        tihonmarine 1 February 2022 20: 04
        0
        Quote: AAG
        Isn't it time to create your own ... conglomerate?

        "Retired in VO". ( no offence )
  4. bober1982
    bober1982 31 January 2022 19: 11
    -8
    All these "narratives" are like a blueprint.
    ........ and then your blond curls become familiar, and they just start beating you.
    And, what is there to comment on, turn off the engines.
    1. Detnix
      Detnix 1 February 2022 08: 37
      +3
      You either take off the cross, or put on your underpants!))) Well, there is no strength for the tediousness of the "holy man", once he said that's enough, otherwise he stuck like a bath sheet ...
      1. bober1982
        bober1982 1 February 2022 08: 58
        -3
        Quote: Detnix
        You either take off the cross, or put on your underpants!

        For any saint, as you put it, any insults and reproach, as a reward.
        The soul rejoices.
        1. Detnix
          Detnix 1 February 2022 12: 33
          +1
          Well, what kind of reproach is this?) Reproach is when it is unfair, but this is a statement of fact ...
          1. bober1982
            bober1982 1 February 2022 20: 14
            -2
            Quote: Detnix
            Reproach is when it is unfair, and this is a statement of fact ...

            By whom, exactly a statement?
            The prosecutor's office, the general meeting of comrades, your wife, neighbor, drunkard, John Biden?
            How is this very statement determined. If you don’t understand.
  5. Kushka
    Kushka 31 January 2022 22: 34
    +3
    The sea rumors got it from the author .... but, to tell the truth,
    it was difficult for both sides. I have to work with the sky with my "voice"
    I didn’t have to, but on the key, so from night to night. And all you had to do was accept
    one and a half dozen digital 4-digit groups, the so-called. "weather" But there were guys
    who freaked out, "bullying" the aircraft radio operator arranged - "Sch" code for ships in
    the "aircraft" part was not used, so sending the code - "Change site",
    meant to leave the chair. And the code "Drain the fuel" is generally outrageous
    (go ...... behind the wind, in short).
    If the "year-olds", guys with experience, found out about it, they were immediately cut off -
    "There, the guy has a key on his knee, it shakes and overload .... - remove from the watch
    you want to get "bh"?
  6. Sergei N Strategic Missile Forces
    Sergei N Strategic Missile Forces 31 January 2022 23: 23
    +3
    Let's dilute your aviation community. I am from the Strategic Missile Forces. We organized a subsidiary farm in our regiment. There were about 40 pigs. All pigs were running. Look like dogs. Then I or someone else noticed that pigs run without tails. After a short trial, it was found out that the tails of the pigs were cut off by Senior Warrant Officer Odinochenko. Well, you know better yourself.
  7. your vsr 66-67
    your vsr 66-67 6 February 2022 13: 24
    0
    lol laughing lol laughing There are no words - only emotions ...
  8. Mik-740
    Mik-740 7 February 2022 15: 56
    0
    Thanks a lot for the articles! Very interesting! Which of the TU-16 or TU-22 aircraft is "more pleasant" or something, or more beloved, for the pilot and navigator.