U.S. Navy Gives Hibsman Flight of a Lifetime

Posted on 6/21/2013 1:57:08 PM

Tim Hibsman on the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) during sea trialsOn June 7–8, 2013, Tim Hibsman, Department of English, was selected to be part of the Navy’s Distinguished Visitors program aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) about 100 miles off the coast of San Diego. One of the highlights of the trip was an arresting cable landing and catapult takeoff in a C-2 Greyhound (0-120 mph in two seconds).

Hibsman spent 15 years in aerospace before beginning his academic career. It was a unique opportunity to see technology that was merely in the concept stage over a decade ago now being utilized in the fleet.

Hibsman, who teaches Technical Writing, is known for utilizing real-life anecdotes in the classroom—he now has some new experiences to show students the process from proposal to implementation.

Rough Itinerary:

Day One:

  • Command briefing in the Flag Briefing room, conducted by senior officer to provide general information on the Navy and naval aviation
  • Tour of aircraft maintenance production line
  • Flight gear distribution and aircraft safety briefing
  • Departure from Naval Air Station, North Island, by C-2 aircraft to aircraft carrier
  • Greeted by captain and fleet commander
  • Observe day flight operations
  • Interview and discussion with various officers
  • Tour departments above the hangar bay
  • Observe night operations

Tim Hibsman in front of C-2 Greyhound prior to carrier landing and takeoff

Day Two:

  • Tour departments below the hangar bay
  • Interview and discussion with various NCOs
  • Briefing on missile defense and Sea Whiz (Close-In Weapon System--CIWS)
  • Observe flight operations and flight deck tour
  • Board the C-2 aircraft to return to NAS North Island

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