As a Naval Officer, Mr. Ditchey's operational field of specialization was anti-submarine warfare. He has over 3,000 flight hours of pilot time in patrol aircraft.
Mr. Ditchey was a carrier-qualified pilot, having made arrested landings with the T28, S2 and C1 aircraft. The above photo is of the USS Lexington. Mr. Ditchey made numerous landings on Lexington.