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Bret
02-25-2003, 05:32 PM
As part of the new updated recruiting strategy. The NAVY introduced it's new “Drop Top” F/A-18 Hornet, in an effort to appeal to a new sport minded demographic.

https://home.earthlink.net/~bretduff/F-18droptop1.jpg

Joking aside – I figured I would share this with you guys. Here is the accompaning caption:

“Two F/A-18 Hornets from Top Gun were dogfighting, and made a head-on pass just a bit too close. One got home with part of the left wing and left vertical fin and rudder missing, while the other jet is missing everything forward of the cockpit pressure bulkhead - and is a flying convertible because the canopy is shattered too. These guys are pretty lucky. It shows just how rugged these aircraft are.”

If anybody is interested – I have two more pictures of the other Hornet that was involved.

Bret

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Basil
02-25-2003, 05:40 PM
Lucky is an understatment!

Bret
02-25-2003, 07:37 PM
OK for those of you who want to see the other pictures click on these.

https://home.earthlink.net/~bretduff/F-18Ouch1.jpg

https://home.earthlink.net/~bretduff/F-18Ouch2.jpg

I still can’t believe these guys nursed these aircraft home.

OUCH!! images/icons/shocked.gif

aeronca65t
02-25-2003, 08:32 PM
Jeesh...how'd they land that thing without the propellor? graemlins/crazy.gif

silky
02-25-2003, 10:11 PM
Oh, dear, there go the insurance premiums!

TypeRboy
02-26-2003, 01:39 AM
Next time at least one of them should chicken out!

lawguy
02-27-2003, 03:52 PM
Ice Man and Maverick wouldn't have screwed up like that.