A few days ago I got my new Smithsonian Air & Space magazine and found a rather funny article. It was written by a Navy Reservist, about the time he and his crew of a rather well-used PC3 Orion were invited to the Ft Worth Air show.
I got the feeling in this article that if the Air Force and their entries were the “establishment” with their nice new C17s and AWACs, this oil-stained Orion and her crew were the pirates.
The author introduced me to a practice, apparently steeped in naval tradition, known as “zapping”.
Zapping is the act of placing one’s squadron sticker in the most unlikely of places.
In the case of this air show, stickers were placed on the landing gear of a B1B (apparently by moving with stealth behind the armed sentry) and the underside of the crew bunk on a C17.
When I brought this up on the F/B page, other Lexicans knew of stickers being placed on Lenin’s tomb, the back of a Soviet officer in Palermo, Italy, and even the SecNav’s Gulfstream jet.
Any other interesting locations?