25 March 2008

Farewell, Fod!


In this photo released by the U.S. Navy, Airman Jacob Larsen, holds 'Fod,' a screech owl discovered in the wheel well of an F/A 18 Hornet fighter on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, at sea in the Persian Gulf. The owl was examined for injuries and given a solution of sugar water for mild dehydration, then taken ashore aboard a delivery aircraft during a scheduled flight and released. FOD is a Navy acronym for 'Foreign Object Damage' and refers to objects or debris found on a flight line or carrier flight deck that can be sucked into an aircraft engine intake and cause damage.