Bob Abels

Bob Abels waved over 40,000 passes in his career.A couple of sea stories: One day, way back when, I taxied onto the catapult in a 26,000 pound AD-6 and was mistakenly launched at the same weight settings of an F7U Cutlass that had just preceded me. The F7U weighted twice as much as the Skyraider so my shot was powerful, indeed. It was a hairy experience and took quite awhile for my eyes to re­size back to normal.