A Strike Fighter Squadron ((VFA) FORTY ONE "Black Aces" Super Hornet seen manoeuvring on board the USS Nimitz (CVN-68). The type saw for its maiden operational deployment while embarked on board the Nimitz. The squadron deployed with sister squadron VFA-14 Tophatter (an F/A-18E is seen in the back ground) within Carrier air Wing ELEVEN to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
A Strike Fighter Squadron ((VFA) FORTY ONE "Black Aces" Super Hornet seen on board the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) during the first joint F/A-18E and F deployment (the Es saw earlier their first deployment as a sole squadron). The Nimitz and its Carrier air Wing ELEVEN were deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, so the brand-new two-seat aircraft also saw their first combat deployment in these days.
This Growler received a special paint scheme to commemorate 100 years of 6 Squadron (1917 - 2017). Invisible on this picture, as the flaps are down, but the BuNo 169153 is applied at the usual place below the vertical stabiliser.
VFA-203. Cartwheeled off runway and caught fire after nose undercarriage collapsed at Savannai IAP, GA on January 16, 2002. Pilot ejected safely. Not repaired following accident. Struck off charge February 14, 2002.