FRIDAY FOTO (August 8, 2014)

August 8, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Super Hornet’s Nest

 U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Everett Allen

U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Everett Allen

U.S. sailors and naval aviators prepare for flight operations on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73)  in the East China Sea.

This photo of aircraft lined up on the Washington’s flight deck show both the single seat Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet and the twin-seat F/A-18F (also called the Super Hornet). Both versions are twin-engine carrier-based multi-role fighters. Both planes can fly faster than Mach 1 and are armed with a 20 millimeter gatling gun-style nose cannon. The Super Hornets can also carry air-to-air missiles or precision guided bombs.

The markings of two-seater equipped Strike Fighter Squadron 102 (VFA-102), nicknamed the Diamondbacks (note the rattlesnake emblem on the aircraft’s tail)  and the single seat F/A-18Es of Strike Fighter Squadron 27 (VFA-27), known as the Flying Maces (note the armored fist clutching a mace tail emblem).

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