PHOTO OF THE MONTH - As we continue to digitize negatives from our collection, we often run across some amazing photos. Sometimes it's that perfect shot or a photo that stirs emotion, or even that combination of a great photo and great story behind it... so we created the Photo of the Month and hope you enjoy. 

 RWP# N249K

 USS Lexington (CVT-16)

(CVT) Aircraft Carrier Training

Above photo:  President Richard Nixon asked Don Garlits to do a "Fly Navy Promo" with his car the Swamp Rat 16. The photo was taken on the USS Lexington (CVT-16) sometime in 1972. The Catapult Officer is LCDR Mckinney, Flight deck Photographer (back to camera) is PH2 John Signaigo, Phone Talker is AN Parrish. Photo taken during the Vietnam era.

(Photo courtesy of the N.A.R.A.)

Donald Glenn Garlits (born January 14, 1932, Tampa, Florida) is an American race car driver and automotive engineer. Considered the father of drag racing, he is known as "Big Daddy" to drag racing fans around the world. A pioneer in the field of drag racing, he perfected the rear-engine Top Fuel dragster, an innovation motivated by the loss of part of his foot in a dragster accident. This design was notably safer since it put most of the fuel processing and rotating parts of the dragster behind the driver. The driver was placed in front of nearly all the mechanical components, thus protecting him and allowing him to activate a variety of safety equipment in the event of catastrophic mechanical failure or a fire. Garlits was an early promoter of the full-body, fire-resistant Nomex driving suit, complete with socks, gloves, and balaclavaGarlits was the first drag racer to officially surpass the 170, 180, 200, 240, 250, and 270 mile-per-hour marks in the quarter mile; he was also the first to top 200 mph (320 km/h) in the 18 mi (0.20 km). He has been inducted into several Halls of Fame and has won many awards during his career.

(Garlits history courtesy of Wikipedia.)







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