The Blue Angels are insanely talented—and, if this video is anything to go by, also more than a little nuts. The 360-degree view from a cockpit of one of their F18s is amazing, exhilarating and absolutely terrifying all at once.
They look supernatural, don’t they. According to the The US Navy, the Blue Angels are performing a “high speed diamond break-away maneuver” at the Miramar Air Show in this photo but to me, because of the way they’re in the clouds, they’ve never looked more angelic.
This isn’t a computer-generated image. It’s an actual picture of what happened when NASA decided to test the air flow around an F-18 by putting a model plane, and a lot of dye, in a water tunnel.
Here’s a really cool video of F-18s taking off from the USS Theodore Roosevelt at night. It’s so cool to see these flying beasts just kick off in an instant with flames burning at their tails. And it’s even more impressive to see this happen at night. With all that said, my favorite part of this video might be the…
You’re only a couple feet away from F-18 Hornets launching from an aircraft carrier. You hear the power of the fighter jets, feel the closeness of these flying killing machines and see the impossibility of their take off. The fighter jet starts moving and get up in the air in such a short distance that it’s always…
Lieutenant Chris Nigus sent us these series of spectacular photos taken while flying on missions during the last couple of years of his deployment in Japan. Above you can see him flying low level in Japan's Orange Route. Some of them show weapons firing from his F/A-18E Super Hornet.
Spectacular photo by US Marine Corps by Cpl. Owen Kimbrel of flames exploding behind a Blue Angels' F/A-18 Hornet at the 2014 Miramar Air Show in California.
The days of piloted combat aircraft are quickly coming to an end, soon to be heavily augmented if not outright replaced by UCAS, or Unmanned Combat Air Systems. Just yesterday, the Navy's X-47B demonstrator proved that manned and unmanned operations can take place on the same flight deck.
Cool image of "pilots and plane captains make preparations for flight on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington" by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Everett Allen. The F-18s here reminds me of the Vipers MkVII because of the photo angle and color.
The US Navy's VFA-27 squadron—aka the Royal Maces—made this teaser out of a incoming 27-minute short they are releasing on May 3. If you like combat jet porn, mute your device*, play, and enjoy the ride.
Watch these F-18 pilots training to take off and land on public roads, a skill they used to practice more often back in the Cold War days, when they had to be ready in case the Soviet Union decided to bomb their airfields during an invasion.
I love the GoPros or whatever cameras the people at the Carrier Strike Group 8 used to make this awesome video. It shows the complete experience of flying a VFA-103 Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower. [Flight Global]
I love this photo of the USS John C. Stennis nuclear supercarrier. It looks like a tiny model thanks to the F-18's exhaust fumes, which distort the air above part of the deck and turns the image into a bit of a tilt-shift photo.
I saw this photo in my feed and I couldn't believe my eyes. Two grounded F-18s under fire? Not quite: They are two F/A-18 Hornets assigned to the Blue Angels, starring in the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar 2012 Air Show. Just a controlled "wall of fire," as the US Navy calls it.
This is the new LCD display in the cockpit for the new revision F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. It looks like an awesome 90s arcade videogame. One that doesn't allow you to insert a coin to continue when you die.
A 21-year-old Redditor named Devin says that her house was destroyed by the horrific F-18 plane crash on Friday. That circled wreckage above? Her crib. She took it upon herself to start an Ask Me Anything thread on Reddit to share her crazy and disturbing story.
The US Navy has published photos of the aftermath of the F/A-18D crash. They clearly show the damage on the apartments that got hit, along with the foam-covered grounds. It's amazing how lucky the residents and the pilots were.