Here's to us.....Still Rippin' (VFA-11 Super Hornets)

Here's to us.....Still Rippin' (VFA-11 Super Hornets)

Postby Matthew Clements on Fri 29 Jun 2012, 1:39 pm

Guys,
Here is a selection of shots from my time spent with VFA-11 "Red Rippers" recently whilst underway on-board the ‘Big E’, during its 22nd and Final Deployment:

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Cheers!

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Re: Here's to us.....Still Rippin' (VFA-11 Super Hornets)

Postby TonyO on Fri 29 Jun 2012, 2:02 pm

Always good to see you posting Matt, a lovely set!

A few C-130s wouldn't go amiss in a neighbouring thread!
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Re: Here's to us.....Still Rippin' (VFA-11 Super Hornets)

Postby toom317 on Fri 29 Jun 2012, 2:05 pm

There's no such thing as too many Hornet pics. Great set. :up:
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Re: Here's to us.....Still Rippin' (VFA-11 Super Hornets)

Postby Mad Dan on Fri 29 Jun 2012, 2:24 pm

Interesting - both Navy squadrons (VFA-11 and VFA-211) have F models... Most air wings seem to have one squadron with the E and one with the F. Is there a reason for this?
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Re: Here's to us.....Still Rippin' (VFA-11 Super Hornets)

Postby Matthew Clements on Fri 29 Jun 2012, 2:37 pm

Mad Dan wrote:Interesting - both Navy squadrons (VFA-11 and VFA-211) have F models... Most air wings seem to have one squadron with the E and one with the F. Is there a reason for this?


Good Point! CVW-1 is unique in this sense, with it being the only Air Wing equipped with two F/A-18F Squadrons. VFA-11 and 211 both share the FAC(A) mission, and all 3 Super Hornet Squadrons (including 136) are involved in the AAR role.

I think it is mainly to do with displacement – more planes that what there are current Air Wings and Operational CVNs.

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Re: Here's to us.....Still Rippin' (VFA-11 Super Hornets)

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Fri 29 Jun 2012, 7:18 pm

Excellent photos, Matt - first two are great, as are the landing shots. :up:
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Re: Here's to us.....Still Rippin' (VFA-11 Super Hornets)

Postby Mr Flibble on Fri 29 Jun 2012, 7:21 pm

Excellent shooting, Matthew.
One of my favourite USN Squadrons.

Really like the CAG bird with the boar's head on the nose too.
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Re: Here's to us.....Still Rippin' (VFA-11 Super Hornets)

Postby BatmanIX on Fri 29 Jun 2012, 7:30 pm

Lovely images Matt!

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Re: Here's to us.....Still Rippin' (VFA-11 Super Hornets)

Postby Stu on Sat 30 Jun 2012, 7:37 am

Great set of shots there Matt :clap: :clap:
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Re: Here's to us.....Still Rippin' (VFA-11 Super Hornets)

Postby redbearing on Sun 01 Jul 2012, 2:59 pm

Not jealous at all :roll: brilliant photos Matt, keep em coming :clap: :clap:

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Re: Here's to us.....Still Rippin' (VFA-11 Super Hornets)

Postby Matthew Clements on Mon 02 Jul 2012, 7:20 pm

Thanks for the comments guys, glad you enjoyed the set.
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Re: Here's to us.....Still Rippin' (VFA-11 Super Hornets)

Postby Tim Holden on Tue 03 Jul 2012, 7:01 am

Matt

You are a lucky boy. What a great oppertunity, the Big E is such a historic ship. Very nice pics sir.

Tim
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Re: Here's to us.....Still Rippin' (VFA-11 Super Hornets)

Postby roger s(lonewolf) on Tue 03 Jul 2012, 10:28 am

Lovely to see . looks like you had a room with a view for your cruise !! If only I could buy a ticket .
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