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F-18’s Prove “We The Best” With Carrier Ops Captured in HD

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What’s it like to launch off of a carrier with 44,000 lbs of thrust strapped to our back? We may never experience the thrill of launching off of a carrier but we can sit back and marvel at the skill of the pilots that do.

This video makes carrier ops look easy but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Landing on a pitching deck in gusty winds at night takes guts. Doing it with dwindling fuel and no alternates is even more of a challenge. The pros in VFA-14 make it look easy. The TopHatters are the Navy’s oldest flying squadron.

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