It looks like the entryway to a portal. Or like the pod of some spacecraft. But it’s a US Navy sailor checking out the afterburners of a fighter jet. The US Navy: “Aviation Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Ryan Draper, from Palmdale, Calif., inspects an F/A-18 afterburner in the jet shop aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft…
Judging by this great photo, I think sailor Ryan Draper is doing pretty well. Here, he inspects an F/A-18 afterburner in the jet shop aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Let’s hope it doesn’t suddenly start. [Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Mai/U.S. Navy]
Cool photo of the M61A2 Vulcan nose cannon in a FA-18E Super Hornet jet fighter taken by it Lieutenant Chris Nigus, Weapons Training Officer with the Strike-Fighter Squadron VFA-27 Royal Maces, based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, in Japan. It looks like the cockpit of an A-Wing jumping into hyperspace.
This dramatic shot is enough to prove that the F/A-18 Hornet fighter/attack jet, which entered operational service more than 30 years ago, is still one of the most badass fighters ever built. Here, an F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft attached to the Strike Fighter Squadron of (VFA) 102 sits on the aircraft carrier USS…
Is this PROOF THE US NAVY HAS UFOS or just the launch of an F/A-18 Hornet from the aircraft supercarrier USS Carl Vinson en route through the Arabian Sea? [Flickr]
Generally, I'm a pacifist. But this Department of Defense image of F/A-18 Super Hornets flying over Afghanistan (lit by some sort of flare?), makes mechanized war look as romantic as any chick flick. Meanwhile, this refueling shot is pure sci-fi:
This is a real photograph of an FA-18, completely unblemished by Photoshop. What kind of atmospheric conditions would lead to such an apparition? National Geographic has the answer.