CVN-77 embark for Chesapeake 2018 with French Rafales

CVN-77 embark for Chesapeake 2018 with French Rafales

Postby sovietjet on Thu 07 Feb 2019, 6:10 pm

In April/May 2018, the French Navy brought 12 Rafale Ms and one E-2C Hawkeye to the USA. Initially they flew out of NAS Oceana for familiarization. Following that they commenced flying from CVN-77 USS George HW Bush. It's not very often French Rafales operate from US carriers so it was a unique opportunity. Although the full US airwing wasn't on board, there were still several aircraft from most of CVW-8's squadrons. I embarked on a C-2 Greyhound from NAS Norfolk. I'm rather photo heavy, so I hope you enjoy.

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ImageDassault Rafale M 43 Flottille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageGrumman E-2C 164483 AJ-603 VAW-124 Bear Aces by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '41' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '2' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '2' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageGrumman E-2C French Navy 165455 '1' Flotille 4F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '41' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageGrumman E-2C 164483 AJ-603 VAW-124 Bear Aces by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '41' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '2' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '11' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '2' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '2' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageGrumman E-2C 164483 AJ-603 VAW-124 Bear Aces by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '43' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '43' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageGrumman E-2C 165507 AJ-600 VAW-124 Bear Aces by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '13' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '13' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '27' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '43' Flottille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '43' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageEA-18G AJ-504 VAQ-131 Lancers by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '27' Flotille 12F during Chesapeake 2018 by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageRafales on board USS George HW Bush by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 166781 AJ-105 VFA-31 Tomcatters by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageCVN-77 George HW Bush flightdeck by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18F 166640 AJ-214 VFA-213 Blacklions by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageGrumman E-2C 164483 AJ-603 VAW-124 Bear Aces by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '2' Flotille 12F during Chesapeake 2018 by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageRafale cutouts by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '13' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '43' and '2' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 169395 AJ-312 VFA-87 Golden Warriors by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '11' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '2' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '2' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18F 166640 AJ-214 VFA-213 Blacklions by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 168914 AJ-304 VFA-87 Golden Warriors by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '2' Flotille 12F during Chesapeake 2018 by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '43' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '43' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18F 166674 AJ-201 VFA-213 Blacklions by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '2' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 168914 AJ-304 VFA-87 Golden Warriors by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '2' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 166781 AJ-105 VFA-31 Tomcatters by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18F 166674 AJ-201 VFA-213 Blacklions by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E EA-18G and Dassault Rafale by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 168914 AJ-304 VFA-87 Golden Warriors by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageGrumman E-2C 164483 AJ-603 VAW-124 Bear Aces by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageGrumman E-2C 164483 AJ-603 VAW-124 Bear Aces by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 166780 AJ-104 VFA-31 Tomcatters by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageEA-18G AJ-504 VAQ-131 Lancers by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '43' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageEA-18G 168775 AJ-503 VAQ-131 Lancers by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18F 166640 AJ-214 VFA-213 Blacklions by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 166780 AJ-104 VFA-31 Tomcatters by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 166781 AJ-105 VFA-31 Tomcatters by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 166781 AJ-105 VFA-31 Tomcatters by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18F 166674 AJ-201 VFA-213 Blacklions by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 166780 AJ-104 VFA-31 Tomcatters by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 166781 AJ-105 VFA-31 Tomcatters by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18F 166640 AJ-214 VFA-213 Blacklions by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '43' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18F 166674 AJ-201 VFA-213 Blacklions by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18F 166640 AJ-214 VFA-213 Blacklions by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 169395 AJ-312 VFA-87 Golden Warriors by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 166781 AJ-105 VFA-31 Tomcatters by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 166780 AJ-104 VFA-31 Tomcatters by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 166781 AJ-105 VFA-31 Tomcatters by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '13' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 169395 AJ-312 VFA-87 Golden Warriors by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 166780 AJ-104 VFA-31 Tomcatters by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18F 166640 AJ-214 VFA-213 Blacklions by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 168914 AJ-304 VFA-87 Golden Warriors by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageGrumman C-2A 162155 '53' VRC-40 "Rawhides" by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18F 166674 AJ-201 VFA-213 Blacklions by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 166781 AJ-105 VFA-31 Tomcatters by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageGrumman E-2C 164483 AJ-603 VAW-124 Bear Aces by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '43' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '43' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 166780 AJ-104 VFA-31 Tomcatters by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E and EA-18G by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageEA-18G AJ-504 VAQ-131 Lancers by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 169395 AJ-312 VFA-87 Golden Warriors by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 166780 AJ-104 VFA-31 Tomcatters by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 169395 AJ-312 VFA-87 Golden Warriors by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 169395 AJ-312 VFA-87 Golden Warriors by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageEA-18G 168775 AJ-503 VAQ-131 Lancers by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E 169395 AJ-312 VFA-87 Golden Warriors by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '13' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageGrumman E-2C 164483 AJ-603 VAW-124 Bear Aces by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageGrumman E-2C 164483 AJ-603 VAW-124 Bear Aces by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageF/A-18E EA-18G and Dassault Rafale by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '41' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageMH-60S 168589 AJ-612 HSC-9 Tridents by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageUSS George HS Bush island by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageGrumman E-2C French Navy 165455 '1' Flotille 4F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageGrumman E-2C French Navy 165455 '1' Flotille 4F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageEA-18G 168773 AJ-501 VAQ-131 Lancers by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageMH-60S 166345 AJ-611 HSC-9 Tridents by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '27' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageDassault Rafale M '2' Flotille 12F by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr

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ImageGrumman E-2C 164483 AJ-603 VAW-124 Bear Aces by Ivan Voukadinov, on Flickr
Ivan Voukadinov
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Re: CVN-77 embark for Chesapeake 2018 with French Rafales

Postby Tmyers123 on Thu 07 Feb 2019, 6:30 pm

Some absolute stunners in there, nicely done! :clap:
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Re: CVN-77 embark for Chesapeake 2018 with French Rafales

Postby Airwolfhound on Thu 07 Feb 2019, 6:35 pm

Enjoyed these, although my scrolling finger on the mouse started to ache a bit ;-)

Thanks for sharing :clap: :clap:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/24874528@N04/

Agile, mobile and hostile ;-)
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Re: CVN-77 embark for Chesapeake 2018 with French Rafales

Postby TijnvandeBeld on Thu 07 Feb 2019, 7:58 pm

Wonderful set! Can’t deny that I am a tad jealous though (don’t think I’m the only one :wink:)! How did you get about this opportunity, if I may ask?
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Re: CVN-77 embark for Chesapeake 2018 with French Rafales

Postby boff180 on Thu 07 Feb 2019, 8:33 pm

Oh my giddy...…

I'm in heaven! Superb!

Andy
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Re: CVN-77 embark for Chesapeake 2018 with French Rafales

Postby Seamus on Thu 07 Feb 2019, 8:37 pm

That's just pure filth right there... Incredible set of images, doesn't get much better than that :rock:
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Re: CVN-77 embark for Chesapeake 2018 with French Rafales

Postby toom317 on Thu 07 Feb 2019, 9:05 pm

Really enjoyed looking at those Ivan. The Hornet landing, pic 59, is my favourite, and the night Hawkeye, 94 and the light trails, 95, are really good as well. :up:
"Nice pics mate" comments only! No criticism please.

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Re: CVN-77 embark for Chesapeake 2018 with French Rafales

Postby austinp on Thu 07 Feb 2019, 10:24 pm

Absolutely outstanding. Thanks for sharing :-)
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Re: CVN-77 embark for Chesapeake 2018 with French Rafales

Postby Draken on Fri 08 Feb 2019, 7:54 am

Oh wow! Amazing stuff!!!
That's my 'never going to happen' dream to board a carrier and see all the action live.
Thanks a lot for sharing!
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Re: CVN-77 embark for Chesapeake 2018 with French Rafales

Postby SPLAT on Fri 08 Feb 2019, 10:40 am

Be has photo heavy as ypu want with those
Shot 22 for me :yahoo:
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Re: CVN-77 embark for Chesapeake 2018 with French Rafales

Postby phantom6 on Fri 08 Feb 2019, 10:41 am

Brilliant set you lucky fella
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Re: CVN-77 embark for Chesapeake 2018 with French Rafales

Postby Sean T on Fri 08 Feb 2019, 10:44 am

Thats a great set of photos !! :win: :worship:
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Re: CVN-77 embark for Chesapeake 2018 with French Rafales

Postby POD on Sat 09 Feb 2019, 12:33 pm

Superb set :rock:

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Re: CVN-77 embark for Chesapeake 2018 with French Rafales

Postby sovietjet on Sun 10 Feb 2019, 6:53 pm

Thank you everyone for the comments!

Draken wrote:Oh wow! Amazing stuff!!!
That's my 'never going to happen' dream to board a carrier and see all the action live.
Thanks a lot for sharing!


Never say never.. ;-)

TijnvandeBeld wrote:Wonderful set! Can’t deny that I am a tad jealous though (don’t think I’m the only one :wink:)! How did you get about this opportunity, if I may ask?


There was a media opportunity during the exercise which offered an embark on the carrier.
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Re: CVN-77 embark for Chesapeake 2018 with French Rafales

Postby Agg on Sun 10 Feb 2019, 9:01 pm

Good thing they marked the drop tanks with "FRENCH NAVY" so the yankee ground crew wouldn't mistake them for one of their's ;)

Fantastic set though, it's on my list of dreams as well.
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