Supervising Alvin Launch

Pilots do not dive every day, but while the ship is at sea and the Alvin is diving, every day is a work day entire Alvin group. Here, BLee is supervising the launch of Alvin while another pilot takes his turn diving for what amounts to a long day submerged, and a long evening maintaining the sub. All pilots contribute to the sub's maintenance and repair. These folks love their work.

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