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THE NAVY'S REPLACEMENT FOR THE F-14 TOMCAT - THE FABULOUS F-18 HORNET
Posted Fri February 27, 2015

Until 2006, the “Wing King” of Naval Aviation was the F-14 Tomcat. The legendary plane on September 22 of that year made its last flight. Since then, the backbone of every Carrier Air Wing (CVW) is the F/A-18 both Hornet and Super Hornet. Although it was retired from the U.S. military service, the F-14 is still in service with the IRIAF (Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force). However, this article does not focus on the outcome of an eventual close encounter between Iranian Tomcats and American Hornets; it is just a comparison between two fantastic flying machines. So which aircraft would you take to a fight? The question, of course, it’s very difficult to answer. It depends on the way you see it and may significantly vary from pilot to pilot. However, some assumptions can be made in accordance with the most widely known characteristics of both weapon system, as the author as done in this article with the aim to give readers a comparison between the Hornet and its predecessor. If the mission is strictly fleet defense, the F-14 was a perfect platform. In fact, the six wing mounted pylons of the Super Hornet (or the four of the Hornet) impose a higher drag on the F/A-18 that couldn’t match the Tomcat performance as a very high speed interceptor. Indeed, the Tomcat is known to be a very fast airplane, with great sustained energy performance and, since it carried a great quantity of fuel which gave it a good endurance, the F-14 was also very good for high speed strike missions. But the Cold War ended a couple of decades ago and “its” Bears bombers are no the threat that led to the Tomcat possessing those attributes in first place. Furthermore, while the F-14 was an older aircraft in which some newer technologies were integrated, the F/A-18 Super Hornet is a more modern airplane with newer equipment, easier to maintain: a great advantage in times of budget constraints. In close air combat, the Super Hornet is much maneuverable (with a good authority at slow speed and high AOA – angle of attack) and, even if it lacks the AIM-54 Phoenix for the long distances in BVR (Beyond Visual Range) engagements, it has got the JHMCS (Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System) and the AIM-9X Sidewinder for the dogfights which the F-14 didn’t integrate.

F-18 LAUNCHES VANDY 4 MISSILE F-18 HORNET LAUCHES MISSILE F-18 HORNET TAKESOFF FROM FLAT TOP COOL RAINBOW OVER F-18 F-18 BANKS HARD - MISSILE LAUNCH B-52 WITH 2 F-18'S ESCORT F-18 HORNET (TOP) F-14 TOMCAT - ON THE CARRIER DECK! SKITTLE CHECKS F-18 HORNET WING -  READY FOR CARRIER LAUNCH F-18 - BOMB POD PROBLEM! KC-135 STRATOTANKER - REFUELING F-18
EVERYDAY LIFE ON AN AIR CRAFT CARRIER - TAIL HOOK DOWN - F-18 LANDS WHILE YELLOW SKITTLES WAIT F-18 AERIAL REFUEL - LOOKING DOWN FROM TANKER 6 MILITARY JETS - F-22 & F-18'S F-18 SUPERHORNET -  INVERTED F-18 PILOT READING LANDING INSTRUCTION MANUAL F-18 FLYS COVER OVER NASA SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH PAD - F-18 SUPERHORNET ON APPROACH - TAILHOOK DOWN - CARRIER LANDING YOU'RE STANDING ON YOUR CONDO BALCONY AND SUDDENLY!!!!!!!!!! LOW F-18 SUPER HORNET STRANGE LIGHTNING OVER AIR CRAFT CARRIER DECK LOADED WITH MILITARY JETS - A-6 INTRUDERS - F-18'S AIR FORCE RUNWAY TRAFFIC CONTROL - F-18 TAKES OFF CROSSING AWACS ON A ROLL!
CARRIER DECK - STRANGE GLOW OFF F-18 SUPER HORNET COOL F-18 HORNET FLY BY - LOW SPEED PASS STRANGE TIME LAPSE F-18 TAKE OFF LIGHTS - AIR CRAFT CARRIER STRANGE MILITARY AIRCRAFT - F-18 - TOP DOWN LOOK CF-18 HORNET NOSEDIVES AT CANADIAN AIR SHOW - PILOT EJECTS WITH LITTLE ROOM TO SPARE - PILOTS REFER TO THIS AS AF LAWN JARTS USAF F-18 PILOT HAS STRANGE CONVERSATION WITH IRAN AIR DEFENSE RADAR WHILE FLYING IN IRAQ - TRUE STORY! GREAT CLOSE UP OF 2 F-18'S IN FORMATION PASSING OVER-TOP AIR CRAFT USS RONALD REAGAN - CVN-76 6 F-18'S LINE UP FOR REFUELING - FANTASTIC PICTURE FROM REFUELING TANKER LOOKING DOWN AT ISLAND AIRBASE F-18 HORNET TAKES OFF FROM THE LAST TIP OF THE AIR CRAFT CARRIER RAMP - GREAT ACTION SHOT! STRANGE MILITARY AIRCRAFT - F-18 HORNET SWARM! STACKED UP!

DANGER - PILOTS EJECTING DURING TESTS & EMERGENCIES
Posted Thu February 26, 2015

FIGHTER JET CRASHING FIGHTER JET - KNOWING WHEN TO EJECT ! JET ABOUT TO CRASH IN FARMERS FIELD FULL SPEED FLIGHT EJECTION AT AIR SHOW JET PILOT EJECTION EJECTION SEAT ROCKET TEST PILOT EJECTS FROM JET IN TROUBLE PILOT EJECTING FROM MILITARY JET BEFORE CRASH - 2 PILOT EJECTING FROM MILITARY JET BEFORE CRASH - 1 ROCKET SLED PILOT EJECTION TEST
NAVY JET PILOT EJECTS - 2 NAVY PILOT EJECTS - 1 AIRCRAFT CARRIER LANDING CRASH - PILOT EJECTS - 2 AIRCRAFT CARRIER LANDING CRASH - PILOT EJECTS - 1 MILITARY JET CRASH - PILOT EJECTS AT LAST SECOND F-22 TAKES OFF AND THEN GOES VERTICAL BEFORE NOSING OVER - AMAZING ACTION GIF F-22 FIRES MISSILE FROM CENTER BOMBAY - ACTION GIF JET PILOT ENGAGES ROCKET POWERED EJECTION SEAT PILOT EJECTS FROM COCKPIT - BLASTS THRU CANOPY RUSSIAN PILOT EJECTS FROM MILITARY JET
ROCKET SLED - EJECTION TEST MILITARY JET PILOT EJECTS 'THRU' CANOPY ! PILOT EJECTS FROM MILITARY JET PILOT BLASTS OFF IN EJECTION SEAT! JET PILOT EJECTS FROM MILITARY FIGHTER CARRIER TAKEOFF PROBLEM - EJECT! JET PILOT DANGERS - COCKPIT CANOPY GONE! PILOT BLOWS CANOPY - A-6 INTRUDER ON FIRE - CARRIER DECK PILOT EJECTS F-106 - DELTA DART SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE PILOT ACCIDENTALLY EJECTS FROM PILATUS PC-7 Mk II

SCARY WEATHER ON THE FARM - STORMS - WIND - RAIN!
Posted Wed February 25, 2015

3 PICTURES OF STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE MOUNTAINS IN KANSAS ?????? NASTY CLOUDS AWESOME MESOCYCLONE IN KANSAS - 9 TORNADOS RING LIGHTNING AWESOME LIGHTNING STRIKE - VERY CLOSE! NASTY HAILSTORM CLOUDS IN OKLAHOMA AMAZING THUNDERHEAD CLOUD! COOL TORNADO SHOT - SOUTHERN ALBERTA NEAR VULCAN AMAZING LIGHTNING PATTERN OVER RURAL BARN NASTY THUNDERSTORMS COMING - DANGER!
NASTY THUNDERSTORMS COMING - TWISTER FORMING STRANGE HAIL DAMAGE ON NEWLY SODDED GOLF GREEN FARMER VIEWS STRANGE TORNADO AND RAINBOW TOGETHER! ALFALFA OKLAHOMA TORNADO DANGEROUS WALL CLOUD TURNING INTO A TORNADO! MICROBURST STORM DAMAGE IN CANADA STRANGE 'DUAL' TORNADO FUNNELS! HUGE WALL CLOUD - COLD FRONT MOVING IN AMAZING TORNADO - TWISTER! STRANGE LIGHTNING DANGER - DRIVING INTO HELL!
STRANGE AND NASTY WEATHER - LIGHTNING NASTY LOOKING WALL CLOUD! STORM COMING! COOL RAINBOW - FARM FIELD AMAZING WALL CLOUD - LIGHTNING STRIKE! - STORM COMING! STORM COMING! - WALL CLOUD - LIGHTNING - RAIN DOWNPOUR - RAINBOW! STRANGE LIGHTNING STORM - RIGHT OVER THE CITY! NASTY THUNDER AND LIGHTNING STORMS  FIRST TORNADO PICTURE EVER TAKEN! - 1884 FLOODED HOUSE - BUT THE GRASS LOOKS PERFECT! STRANGE LIGHTNING STRIKE - CASTLE TOWER

STRANGE CUSTOM BUILT AUTOS AND ACCESSORIES
Posted Wed February 25, 2015

COOL CAR WITH MATCHING TRAILER CUSTOM GOGGLES FOR MOTORCYCLE DOGGY COOL OLD CAMPER CONVERSION COOL CUSTOM CAR TRAILER - WITH A VIEW STRANGE DOUBLE DECKER BUS FOR DWARFS STRANGE 'CAMOUFLAGE' CAR STRANGE COPPER PENNY COVERED CAR! STRANGE CUSTOM RV W/BUILT-IN GARAGE FOR MERCEDES ! - 1 STRANGE CADILLAC CASKET - "PIMP" STILL RIDIN' IN STYLE! STRANGE AUSSIE BBQ - AUTO FRONT END! - 3
STRANGE FORMULA 1 RACER - IT'S MADE FROM CHOCOLATE! DEER HUNTING TEXAS STYLE - CUSTOM HUNTING VEHICLE - BAR SET UP - LIQUOR & BASIN 1925 ROLL ROYCE PHANTOM - TRUNK - CUSTOM SUITCASES 1925 ROLL ROYCE PHANTOM - TRUNK - CUSTOM SUITCASES STRANGE CUSTOM CADILLAC STEERING WHEEL! WOW! STRANGE 1936 STAINLESS STEEL FORD SEDAN STRANGE CUSTOM DASHBOARD - PURPLE VELOUR SEATS STRANGE GUINESS WORLD RECORDS - WORLD'S SMALLEST CAR STRANGE GUINESS WORLD RECORDS - HEAVIEST LIMO - THE MIDNIGHT RIDER STRANGE VEHICLES - TOMMY IVO'S CUSTOM DRAGSTER HAULER - DRAGSTER AND CORVETTE! - 1960'S
STRANGE 1938 FORD - TRANSPARENT SEE THRU SHELL - THAT'S HOW A CAR WORKS! GREAT OLDE IDEA - BAD DRIVERS IN TENNESSEE RECEIVE SPECIAL LICENSE PLATE WITH SKULL CLASSIC OLDE CARS - 1955 CHEVROLET - ALL CHROME TRIM PIECES DETAILED! STRANGE VEHICLE ACCESSORIES AND PARTS - CUSTOM FIT LEATHER SUITCASE - GULL WING 1957 MERCEDES 300 SL STRANGE 1956 FORD CONVERTIBLE - BBQ CAFE' CONVERSION - UMBRELLA STRANGE SPORTS EVENTS - EXTREME TAILGATING EQUIPMENT AND TRUCKS - CUSTOM PAINT - SWING OUT BBQ GRILL - FLATSCREEN FAILED VEHICLE CONCEPTS - 1938 PHANTOM CORSAIR FAILED VEHICLE CONCEPTS - 1940 CHRYSLER THUNDERBOLT FAILED VEHICLE CONCEPTS - 1933 DYMAXION - FIRST MINI VAN HUGE ANTIQUE DODGE PICKUP TRUCK - 4 STORIES TALL - 10 TIMES NORMAL SIZE - REGULAR TRUCK DRIVES RIGHT UNDER IT!

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