Sparrow Missile Launch
Prior to going overseas I decided to buy a better camera. In
ship's store was a Canon T-90,
one of the more advanced cameras
at the time.
It was auto everything, except for lens focusing, which was
Auto focus wasn't real reliable. It had a frame
rate of 4.5 frames a second.
One day while underway it was announced the ship was going to General
Quarters to fire a Sea Sparrow
missile at a drone.
Sparrowmissiles are anti-aircraft missiles and exit the firing
cannister going somewhere around mach 4.
My friend Bill and I looked at each other and we grabbed our cameras.
Being an oil king did have its advantages.
that you could move about the ship during General Quarters.
We went up on the helo deck and waited, cameras at the ready.
The next thing I heard was a very loud roar. Couldn't see a thing.
I held the shutter button down on the camera and
I got eight pictures, which means the event lasted a little under two
I couldn't believe the results when I got the pictures back.
This was one of the more popular sets of pictures that
my shipmates requested pictures of.
I actually got a picture of the missile leaving the cannister.
And it's picking up speed.
Up and out of sight.
And the drone is toast.