Aircraft Photo of 165799 | McDonnell Douglas F/A-18F Super Hornet | USA - Navy | #121407
Registration / Serial:165799
Military Code:AB-104
Aircraft Original Type:McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
Aircraft Generic Type:McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
Aircraft Version:McDonnell Douglas F/A-18F Super Hornet
Operator / Titles:USA - Navy
Unit Markings:VFA-211
C/n (msn):1529/F025
City / Area:Persian Gulf [ Off-Airport ]Map (vicinity)
Country:Saudi Arabia
Photo Date:16 September 2007
Photo by:Stephan de Bruijn
Photo ID: 121407
Photo Comment

A F/A-18F Super Hornet seconds away from its controlled crash on board the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). The carrier was set in the Arabian Sea for several months during Operation Iraqi Freedom. All aircraft flew with live weapons, and when not used in the combat theater, many aircraft were able to take the weapons back to the carrier. Jet fighters of an earlier age than the Super Hornet were often forced to throw their weapons into the sea before landing at a carrier, as they were too heavy for a safe landing.

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