It was a small show. I was impressed by the way it was run though. The Blue Angels were there for their first show on the road. I have seen them so many times that I spend my time wandering through the static displays.
The Brits and Dutch had their Test F-35s under the canopies on the line.
BTW, I have disabled person plates on my vehicles and I parked about six spaces from the entry control point for ADA and VIP folks.
Super Hornet less stealthy, but has lower sticker price and operational costs
I have been wondering about this myself………………………….
‘Twin engines, dual redundant hydraulics … those are the things I don’t want to give up in flying to remote places or even in combat, because those are the things that’ll bring you home.’—Super Hornet chief test pilot Ricardo Traven
The picture is of an FA-18E Super Hornet assigned to The Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron One Four Seven. Soft spot sort of. I was an Argonaut from November 1985 to June of 1987. We were an Attack Squadron back then flying the Venerable and Legendary A7E Corsair II. SLUF was it’s nick name. Short Little Ugly Fucker.
147 was the first A7 squadron to see combat in 1967 embarked in USS Ranger.
We were in CVW-9 back and up until recently for the Hornet version of the Squadron. Navy can’t leave anything to tradition anymore for some stupid reason. I also remember when 154 was flying the F4 in CVW-2 on Ranger when I made my first West Pac in 1979.
The following pics are of special paint schemes commemorating the Centennial of US Naval Aviation.
Just a sampling, mind you.
The Prowler and Growler are Electronic Attack Platforms. The Prowler has been around since 1970. The Growler is the replacement. It is essentially an F Hornet with an electronic warfare suite installed. VAQ129 is the Fleet Replacement Squadron for both during the transition. Three Fleet Squadrons have already transitioned. VAQs 132,138 and 141. A very old friend of mine retired from 141 in the mid nineties.
The upper picture of the Goshawk is an aircraft from Training Wing One at NAS Meridian, MS. The lower aircraft is from Training Wing Two at NAS Kingsville, TX.
These two are used by the Fleet Replacement Squadron at NAS Lemoore, CA. The legacy bird RAG outfit was stood down and integrated into 122 last October. The Raiders of 125 are no more. I remember when that outfit was brand new. This is due to the Super Hornet becoming the dominant Navy Strike Aircraft for the foreseeable future. The lower picture of the Super Hornet is over the San Joaquin Valley. I was in VA147 and SeaOpDet Lemoore from 85 to 89 here.
The new primary trainer. Sharp aircraft. This was as it was finished out at the plant in Wichita. I worked in the building next to this one while at Hawker Beechcraft.
This is just a sampling as I said. For more additions the US Naval Air Forces page on Facebook has more and will add as aircraft are painted for the Centennial. The Kick Off for which is 10-12 February aboard the USS Midway Museum, San Diego Harbor. The official date is May 8.
For all you Air Force guys, we have been stand alone for 100 years. And our heritage is not the US Army Signal Corps!
F/A-18F of VFA-122 at Naval Air Station, Lemoore CA.
Our Centennial. US Naval Aviation. May 8, 2011. Yes we are older than the Air Force. The Air Force began life as an element of the US Army Signal Corps. Both Air Arms of England are even older. The Royal Flying Corps and The Fleet Air Arm predate ours as entities.
Sorry Air Force, you are still only 63.
The paint scheme is that of the new Navy Working Uniform. If you have seen it, well, I have. UGLY as Sin. I was in the Dungaree Navy.
Jason “00” in the hot fuel pits at NAS Lemoore, CA. Was in this outfit when we had the Venerable LTV A-7 Corsair II. The squadron transitioned to the F/A-18C Hornet in 1989 after 22 years. Some years ago, it went to the “E” Super Hornet. It is not the same but the CAG bird shown does have one bitchin paint job. The Argonauts call sign is Jason. Put two and two together.