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USS Abraham Lincoln Aircraft Carrier
Photos from 1989 - 1991 by Christian Abraham

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The following photos were shot by Christian Abraham while serving as photographer and videographer on the USS Abraham Lincoln. 

Touch and Go at night on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln

F-18 Tail-hook. A F-18 Hornet fighter jet, drags its tail-hook along the deck of USS Abraham Lincoln during night flight operation in 1990.  The pilot missed one of the arresting wires, causing his tail-hook to drag along the deck making the bright display of sparks as it flies off for another try at landing.

 

USS Lincoln

USS Abraham Lincoln. This shot from the liberty boat in 1990 somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean.

 

USS Lincoln Flight Deck

Deck and Island - USS Lincoln. Flight operations in April, 1990.

 

USS Abraham Lincoln - Commissioning Ceremony

Commissioning Ceremony - USS Lincoln. Sailors onboard USS Abraham Lincoln "man the rails", which is a tradition when a new ship is placed into service. The ceremony took place on Nov. 11, 1989. Nearly 17,000 guests gathered pier-side at Norfolk Naval Station. Principal speaker for the event was Secretary of Defense, Richard Cheney, currently US Vice-President.

 

USS Lincoln Commissioning Ceremony

Commissioning Ceremony - USS Lincoln. After the traditional manning the rails took
place, more than a dozen jet aircraft flew in formation over the ship to complete the commissioning of the USS Abraham Lincoln.

 

F-18 Hornet Launch

An F-18 Hornet is launched during flight operations in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of South America in 1990. The ship was originally home-ported in Norfolk, VA. It then was transferred to the West Coast to Alameda Naval Station. This was the ship's Maiden Voyage, which took it to various ports, like Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and Valparaiso, Chile.

 

Commissioning Flight Deck - USS Lincoln

Commissioning Flight Deck - USS Lincoln

 

General Quarters - USS Lincoln

General Quarter Drill. Firefighting skills are emphasized for the entire crew of USS Abraham Lincoln, but nowhere is it more important than to the flight deck crews, shown here during a general quarter drill in 1990. Flight deck crews simulate aircraft which are on fire due to various scenarios. During the Vietnam war, the USS Forrestal suffered a major fire on the flight deck, due to an accidental discharge of a rocket, killing well over 100 crew members. The rocket which launched from an F4 jet across the flight deck, causing a chain reaction, making all the aircraft explode along with their ordinance. Since then, safety and firefighting techniques have been implemented to keep that kind of disaster from happening again.

 

F-14 Tomcat

An F-14 Tomcat lifts off into the air during flight operations in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of South America in 1990. The ship was originally home-ported in Norfolk, VA. It then was transferred to the West Coast to Alameda Naval Station. This was the ship's Maiden Voyage, which took it to various ports, like Rio De Janeiro and Valparaiso, Chile.

 

Yellow Shirt - Aircraft Carrier

A yellow shirt directs the pilot of an A-6 Intruder into place shortly before launching off the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, during routine flight operations in 1990. The yellow shirt is responsible for directing the planes as they launch and during recovery.

 

F-18 Landing - USS Lincoln

F-18 landing. An F-18 Hornet attack jet lands onto the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln during flight operations in the Persian Gulf in 1991. Pilots try to catch one of four arresting cables that lay across the deck. Every time a pilot lands, he is evaluated by the squadron commander. For high marks, the ideal wire to catch is the number three wire.

 

C-2A Cargo Plane

C-2A launch. A yellow shirt directs the pilot of an C-2A cargo plane shortly before launching off the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, during routine flight operations in 1990. The yellow shirt is responsible for directing the planes as they launch and during recovery. The C-2A "Greyhound" makes COD flights, or Carrier Onboard Delivery, brings valuable supplies, mail, even personnel to the ship.

 


Photos by Christian Abraham
e-mail address: snapabraham24@gmail.com

Christian Abraham - 1990 Christian Abraham - New York Giants game
Christian Abraham onboard  the Lincoln in 1990. Recent photo of Christian working the NY Giants game.

Christian Abraham was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  He joined the Navy in 1989 and was assigned to the USS Lincoln where he served in the photography department and the Public Affairs Office as a field video cameraman, filming news events around the ship, flight operations, and various ports-of-call. He is currently staff photographer at the Connecticut Post, in Bridgeport, CT.

View Christian Abraham's latest documentary work about Pennsylvania coal miners.

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