The Original Selfie

I still have the print. The date indicates I obtained my Argus from the ship’s store right after I came aboard the Randolph in November 1959. This is on the flight deck, and they had a landing control system that employed a mirror. The idea was the pilot approaching the flight deck for a landing would turn on his front gear landing light, and he would see the reflection of the light in this mirror. The mirror was curved to produce a concentrated image of the landing light, and this images was referred to as the “meat ball.” The mirror assembly was constantly adjusted during landing to give the pilot an indication when he was on the correct glide path.

For me, this was a great opportunity for a selfie with my new camera, so I stood in front of the mirror (not during flight operations) and took this photo. That was 55 years ago this coming November.


About John Blanton

I'm a retired engineer living in San Antonio, Texas. I have served in the Navy, raced motorcycles, taken scads of photos and am usually a nice guy. I have political and religious opinions, and these opinions tend to be driven by an excess of observed stupidity. Gross stupidity is the supposed target of many of my posts.
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