McDonnell-Douglas FA-18A 'Hornet'
| Steve Braley|
| Stood up VFA-303 at Lemoore. Was the best duty I had.Went thru the grow stages of the hornet, but no complants |
10/25/2010 @ 09:30 [ref: 31652]
| Stephen Zacher|
| I served with VMFA-531 and VMFA-314 from 1990-1994. I deployed with both squadrons, one a WestPac and the other aboard the Abraham Lincoln to the Persian Gulf. I was in powerline and enjoyed working on Hornets. More photos at my Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7205704@N03/ |
03/15/2009 @ 14:11 [ref: 23959]
| The FA-18 may be an exceptional fighter but it can never replace the F-14. It is a multi-role, its okay at shooting both air and ground targets, but not as good at both. An
F-15 or F-14 interceptors or fighters would make quick work of an air target. While an attacker or bomber like
A-10 or B-51 would send a tank to it's maker. I've heard it is easy to control though, it is said to be, "Forgiving". I guess the mean it maneuvers faster, but not necessarily tighter. It really shoulden't be replacing anything, unless the navy has another old multirole. It does have a poor fuel copacity as well. It is still good to have multiroles on a carrier, but why so many?
12/30/2006 @ 07:01 [ref: 15039]
| Mark Elledge|
| I served in VFA-305 from 1989 - 1993. It was my favorite command. I have worked around P-3's, KC-135's, and CH-47's and the F/A-18 holds a special place in my career. Hard working and dedicated crews. I also noticed this site was signed by Dave Berry. He was one of the best officers I served with. Long live the VFA-305 memories.
SSGT Mark Elledge
08/31/2006 @ 13:20 [ref: 14035]
| Otto L. Diettman|
| I retired from VFA-86 21 NOV 2000 I loved the aircraft and the squadron. I helped close Cecil field and I hear it may be coming back. I hope so!!!! |
05/29/2006 @ 07:14 [ref: 13401]
| Charles Johnson|
| I was the 1st pair of "boots" on the ground for Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic (DET: Beaufort) in 1999. (6 Months before VFA 82, VFA 86 and the support crew got checked in at MALS-31)
It's a shame to see VFA 82 go away like this. I did quite a lot of work being the Wing's liason to the Marines at MALS-31.
Helped to get certain things established on base to make the Navy's transition as smooth as possible comming from Cecil Field.
Hopefully the Navy won't do the same to VFA 86!
AS3 C. Johnson
11/20/2005 @ 12:51 [ref: 11745]
| Daniel Casanova|
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03/30/2005 @ 12:53 [ref: 9832]
| I was a Blue Dolphin from July 2003, to the decommissioning. Great Sailors, Great fun. I will miss steak and shrimp in Key West. VFA-203 Gone, but not forgotten. GET-ER-DONE. |
03/02/2005 @ 13:18 [ref: 9586]
| I've also just found out that the USN is sinking The VFA-82 'Marauders' out of MCAS Beaufort,SC. They will be completely disbanded within 12-18 months.
The USN will select two more squads to hit the history books by years end.
Sad things are happening to the USN squads...
08/10/2004 @ 00:59 [ref: 8020]
| Terry Gray|
| I served as a plane captain/structural mechanic (H) in the fleet replacement sqaudron VFA-125,Lemoore, Calif. Had some great times with my old buddies in Yuma, Ariz., and Fallon, Nevada. I had a great sense of pride being connected to this great machine... some of the best times of my life. FLY NAVY! |
07/28/2004 @ 04:12 [ref: 7928]