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Boeing F-18E Takeoff by shelbs2 Boeing F-18E Takeoff by shelbs2
Boeing/MDD F-18E Super Hornet taking off for its display at the Hillsboro Airshow 2011
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Lodestar1 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
My favorite Aircraft
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jedijaffy14 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
It's a shame that many uninformed people classify this aircraft as crap. It's actually one of my favorites and when i lived by NAS jacksonville i would sometimes see these superbugs flying over.
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
*shrugs* its not my favorite I'll give it that. I still prefer the F-14

I actually got to talk with one of the Super Hornet test pilots at the McChord AFB airshow many years back. Was interesting to hear what he had to say about the airplane. When I asked him whether or not he thought the Super Hornet could fully replace the F-14, he gave me a simple "no". Not enough range and not a powerful enough radar system to be a fleet defense fighter he told me. I suppose its got an edge in terms of maintenance, adaptability, and multi role ability (though the F-14 did better early on in Afghanistan due to its range during strike missions).

heh one reason I dont care for it (and this is a personal reason) is its going to soon replace the Prowlers I've grown up seeing fly out of Whidbey for most of my life. Always loved the prowler and soon the growler is going to replace them all
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jedijaffy14 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
I like the cat to and I don't think the superbug can replace it all together. But considering its reliability and what it's already done. It's a great plane and I also knew two mechanics who loved working on it and met a pilot who flew the growler version. He liked it as well. Everyone is different though. Plus I am sort of a long time bug and cat fan and a stickler for reliability and multirole.
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
heh yeah, depends on the person I guess. I always loved the F-14 and the Prowler, mostly since they were the ones I grew up seeing all the time.

I do understand the transition to the hornet though. I mean if you can have a parts commonality between your airplanes in the fleet, it makes maintenance a breeze
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jedijaffy14 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
When I was young I always used to beg my mom to take me over to nas jacksonville to see the tomcat they had on display and the remaining ones taking off from the base whenever they came for a visit. Good times. I've always respected the flying sedan as well (my nickname for the prowler).
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
when I was about three years old, we were up near Mt Baker camping by this river up there (forget the name). Well this was when the A-6s were still in service. They like to play in the radar gaps down in the canyons and ridges there. I was out tossing rocks into the river when I hear this rumble from up river. here comes an A-6 screaming through below the treeline down the river bed. He passed me so close I could see the the pilot and BN looking down at me, and I could even see the patches on their shoulders. It was one of those experiences that felt like it was in slow motion, but it was amazing none the less, can still remember it perfectly to this day
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jedijaffy14 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
That must have been epic. When I first saw the tomcat it scared the hell out of me because it snuck up on the crowd but damn it I enjoyed every second of its demo.
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shikanara08 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Danger Zone. Teehee
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
ha xD
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