Journalist Geoff Dyer spent two weeks on the USS George H.W. Bush and chronicled his experience in his new book, Another Great Day At Sea. In the interview Fresh Air contributor Dave Davies asks what it’s like to land on a aircraft carrier:
"We flew onto the carrier on a Greyhound, this very, very noisy, hulking propeller plane and we took off as normal. We’re all sitting backwards, I should say. Then, after about 40 minutes, we started descending and on that first attempt at landing on the carrier we missed all three of the arresting wires, so we surged upwards again and went round and we came back down again, and this time we came to a very abrupt stop. We hit the deck and in under two seconds we had come to a halt.
UPDATE: The USS George H.W. Bush has been deployed to the Persian Gulf for possible military assistance with the recent crisis in Iraq.
You can hear more about life on an aircraft carrier here.
Photo of the USS George H.W. Bush via Marines