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US Navy needs touch-and-go practice strip

IWO JIMA, Japan -- Flight crews who used to work with U.S. Navy pilot John Pitta know how talkative he could be in the cockpit. As his FA-18 would approach the deck of an aircraft carrier, Pitta's chatting would begin.

"No, no, no, no, no. Stay, baby, stay," he would shout at the deck ahead. "Turn left, left, left," he would instruct his fighter jet.

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