Only President to Ever Catch a Wire
He couldn't have done it without Abraham Lincoln, whose name was
on the ship, and he wasn't about to try it from the left seat, but
the Commander-in-Chief's S-3B Viking caught the fourth wire (and
you know the poor left seater is going to catch all kinds of crap
over missing the three-wire...) on the flight deck of the USS
Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), and that put the fighter-pilot
President into the history books.
At just after noon San Diego time on Thursday,
that Viking, the second of a pair from the "Blue Wolves," greased
Although he has lately been relegated to the back seats of most
aircraft, Mr. Bush, once an F-102 pilot in the Texas ANG,
logged a little time on the short flight.
"Yes, I flew it. Yeah, of course, I liked it," he told the
obviously clueless media, right after the flight.
In the Viking's two rear seats were another pilot and a Secret
Service agent. His left-seater was Navy Cmdr. John Lussier of
Appropriately titled under the windshield (on the right)
were the words, "George W. Bush, Commander-in-Chief."
Earlier plans for the President to greet the Abraham
Lincoln, which has been at sea for ten months, from an F/A-18
were stomped by the SS, which considered it too great a risk to
have just one pilot, and no bodyguard, with the President.
The jet landing itself was deemed necessary because the ship's
battle group was outside what the SS considers safe overwater