Losses and Aviation Safety

That time the U.S. Navy recovered an F/A-18F Super Hornet wreckage from the sea

After the wreckage of the F/A-18F Super Hornet had been pulled out of the sea was lowered inverted onto a collection of wooden pallets.

Taken on Jul. 22, 2015 the interesting pictures in this post show the successful salvage an F/A-18F Super Hornet lost at sea aboard USNS Catawba (T-ATF 168).

The F/A-18F (166814/AB-210) belonged to Strike Fighter Squadron 211 (VFA-211) “Fighting Checkmates” and crashed into the Arabian Sea on May 12, 2015 due to an engine malfunction shortly after launch from the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).

Both pilots ejected safely.

After the wreckage of the Super Hornet had been pulled out of the sea was lowered inverted onto a collection of wooden pallets.

The F/A-18F was lost at sea while assigned to a task force dispatched to the region to fight Islamic State as part of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).

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Photo credit: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arthurgwain L. Marquez / U.S. Navy

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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