F/A-18F BuNo 165911/NA400 launches from one of the two bow catapults on USS Theodore Roosevelt. Dubbed a cat, a catapult launch is one high-energy, high-force flight operation endured by carrier borne aircraft. The aircraft shown is operated by Strike Fighter Squadron 94 (VFA-94) 'Mighty Shrikes' based at Naval Air Stations Lemoore, California.
F/A-18F Super Hornet BuNo 165672/205 (c/n F11), the first F-model SLM learning aircraft, inside Boeing’s facility at St Louis after being de-spliced in late March 2018. This aircraft has amassed 5,305 flight hours.
An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 113 (VFA-113) 'Stingers', launches from the flight deck of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in the Arabian Gulf. Saltwater, rainwater and steam shroud the jet, conditions that exist every day while based at sea.
An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 31 (VFA-31) 'Tomcatters' performs a bolter on the flight deck of USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78). Dubbed bolter, the term means a touch and go, another high-energy, high-force and routine flight operation.
The first F/A-18E Super Hornet BuNo 166435/201 (c/n E80), the first E-model SLM learning aircraft, in Boeing's St Louis modification facility. This aircraft has amassed 5,599 flight hours.
F/A-18E Super Hornet BuNo 166598/AG112 takes the wire on the flight deck of the USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dubbed a trap, catching the wire is one of the high-energy, high-force flight operations endured by carrier borne aircraft. The aircraft shown is operated by Strike Fighter Squadron 143 (VFA-143) 'Pukin' Dogs' based at Naval Station Oceana, Virginia.