Military Aviation

Glorious photo shows U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet under a breathtaking starry sky

The Diamondbacks of VFA-102 are the Navy’s only forward-deployed F/A-18F Super Hornet squadron

Taken on Sep. 7, 2016 the cool photo in this post shows an F/A-18 Super Hornet belonging to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 “Diamondbacks” receiving a fresh water wash-down under a breathtaking starry sky on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) from the sailors assigned to the squadron.

To make this image even more spectacular is the streak of light across the photo left by a sailor with a personal flashlight as the camera shutter remained open in low light.

Noteworthy the Diamondbacks of VFA-102 are the Navy’s only forward-deployed F/A-18F Super Hornet squadron. The squadron is attached to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, based out of Naval Air Facility Atsugi (NAFA), Japan.

The unit regularly embarks aboard Ronald Reagan, the Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG 5) flagship, in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Photo credit: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jamaal Liddell / U.S. Navy

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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