Well Ben, it was an experience of a lifetime for me.
Made possible by......modeling. Our local IPMS chapter was asked to make models for a display at NAS North Island. All of us who participated were given an opportunity to fly out to a carrier. I jumped at the chance. Kind of sobering when you are filling out the next of kin form. Safety briefing...."we will only open the rear cargo doors if we are inverted in the water". Gulp!
The trap was actually no big deal. Spent the night on board the Enterprise. Was on the LSO platform at night. "Don't worry, if an aircraft buzzes the platform just jump into that net down there". Gulp!
Stood in the starboard catwalk while F-14s and EA-6B's were launched. Noise so loud that the 2 bones in my arm were vibrating. When the Tomcat spread its wings for launch they were over my head.
Life moves on, the aircraft, the ship, and I.....all retired.