Major Buang Ly landing his Cessna O-1 “Bird Dog.”

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Major Buang Ly rounded up his wife and 5 kids, Took a Cessna bird dog and blindly followed helicopters after aimlessly looking for places to go to save his family. Those helicopters were headed to the USS Midway with rescued folks. After some negotiations via a paper note tossed on the deck, room was made for him to make his carrier landing with his family aboard.

Buang-Ly and Family with Admiral Chambers at the Sun ‘n Fun Expo.

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  1. “After some negotiations via a paper note tossed on the deck, room was made for him to make his carrier landing with his family aboard.“

    That’s one way to put it. The write up of the event on the USS Midway itself is that the Midway’s captain pushed a bunch of perfectly good helos into the drink to clear the deck for this fellow and his family to land. The captain’s other choice was to let the family go into the drink.

    The USS Midway is several hours well-spent if you’re ever in San Diego, BTW.

  2. The craziest part is that this guy commandeered a Cessna, loaded his family on board and proceeded to fly out into the open ocean without even knowing there’s a carrier out there.

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