You know that old joke about how after a nuclear war, the only thing left will be cockroaches? The aviation equivalent here is YV. No one's really sure how (or why) they're still alive, but here we are.

Almost 25 years ago, I clocked out of there for the last time. I would miss my friends, but consoled myself thinking that the carrier wasn't long for this world anyway; we were short too many pilots, UA had just terminated their contract with us, and reliability was something you could only say while using air quotes.

Silly me.

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Them and ZW... who coincidentally will be swapping parents it seems.

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