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F/A-18F Hornet Screams By In a High-Speed Pass

071203-N-8923M-074 FIFTH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Dec. 3, 2007) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, from the "Red Rippers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11, makes a sharp turn above the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 are underway on a regular scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Kevin T. Murray Jr. (Released)

Turn it up and enjoy this fantastic pass in 5.1 Surround Sound.

The original F/A-18 Hornet provided many firsts for a tactical fighter aircraft including; digital fly-by-wire flight controls and carbon fiber wings. The original Hornet was designed by McDonnell Douglas and entered active duty in January 1983. The revised F/A-18 Super Hornet improved upon the successes of the F/A 18 Hornet, making its first flight in November 1995. Boeing archives report, “The first operational F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet squadron formed in June 2001 and deployed into combat aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in July 2002.” (www.boeing.com/defense/fa-18-super-hornet/) Powering the Super Hornet are twin jet engines capable of up to 17,000 lbs. of thrust and a top speed of Mach 1.8. A major highlight of the Super Hornet has been its efficiency, both in the air and during manufacturing. According to Boeing, “Every Super Hornet has been delivered on cost and on schedule. The Super Hornet is the most cost-effective aircraft in the U.S. tactical aviation fleet, costing less per flight hour than any other tactical aircraft in U.S. forces inventory.”

This montage of the F/A-18F Super Hornet performance includes a stunning 700 MPH High Speed Pass and a demonstration of the carrier landing approach. During the performance the pilot will experience up to 8 G-Forces as the aircraft maneuvers tight turns.

The audio has been mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound for your listening enjoyment! Prepare to hear the roar of the F/A-18F Super Hornet engines as the Fighter performs several crowd stunning maneuvers. For best results with 5.1 audio, use Surround Headphones or playback on a home theater system!

Sources:
http://www.boeing.com/defense/fa-18-super-hornet/
http://www.boeing.com/history/products/fa-18-hornet.page

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