Scenario: Two-plane flight to NAS Brunswick for T-LAM shoot support.
(on squadron common)
"Al, don't yank my chain"
"No, really Scoop, you're missing a tail"
Back on deck with the plane pulled into the hangar, there was lots of head scratching as no one could remember something like this happening before. The rudder assembly was gone and the remaining stub of vertical stabilizer was almost gone too. Fortunately it later appeared that the missing rudder probably landed in either the Chesapeake Bay or one of the many wetlands that surrounded it.