Category Archives: Aircraft Carriers

Let’s celebrate Top Gun Day with this cool video: F-14 versus Everything

May 13th is Top Gun Day.

This video proves that the F-14 Tomcat was much more than a  capable fleet defender.

Clips taken from the Tomcat HUD and TCS, show that the F-14 could win against some of the best and most agile fighters ever built, such as the F-16, the MiG-21, the MiG-29, the F/A-18, the Mirage 2000, the F-15 and the MiG-23 during DACT (Dissimilar Air Combat Training) and/or real dogfight sessions.

Although we don’t know the Rules of Engagement (ROE) of the mock aerial combat in the footage, this video shows that, despite its size, the Tomcat was an amazingly agile and nasty dogfighter.


Cockpit video shows U.S. Navy C-2 COD trap land and launch from French aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf

VRC-30 DET 1 made a video of a trap/cat shot onboard the Charles de Gaulle.

Not only did French combat planes operate from the flight of USS Carl Vinson and were refueled by VFA-81 F/A-18E Super Hornets over the Arabian/Persian Gulf.

C-2A COD (Carrier On Board Delivery) planes flying from Manama, Bahrain, are conducting daily flights to supply the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle with logistics, a really rare opportunity for COD aircrews and U.S. Naval Aviators in general.

VRC-30 Det 1 pilots took the following video which shows the break, approach, arrested landing, and catapult shot of a US Navy Greyhound  onboard the Charles de Gaulle which is currently operating in support of coalition air strikes on ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

A Big “Thank you” to the VRC-30 for sharing the video with us

Here are some superb videos of Russian Mig-29K Fulcrum operations aboard aircraft carrier

Here is a nice compilation of Fulcrum flight deck operations.

In 2013, Russian Mig-29K fighter jets performed testing aboard Indian Navy aircraft carrier INS “Vikramaditya”.

The “new” aircraft carrier dates back to 1987, when it operated under the name of Baku in the Soviet Navy. It was decommissioned in 1996 and the Indian Navy purchased it in 2004 at an aggregate price of $2,35 billion.

The clips (one of those already surfaced back then) were filmed during Summer 2013, when the carrier was conducting its final operational tests, including day and night take off and landing practice by a Russian Mig-29K.

Among the highlights of the compilation, the trap landing in slow motion and the night launch and recovery.

H/T to @pentimento_ for the heads-up


U.S. Navy Super Hornet refuels French Rafale and Super Etendard jets over USS Carl Vinson

F/A-18E Super Hornet serves as aerial refueler for French combat planes operating from Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier.

The images in this post were taken on Mar. 9 over the Persian Gulf (or “Arabian Gulf” if you want to use the term used by the U.S. armed forces lately).

They show an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 Sunliners refuel two French Super Étendard Marine and one Rafale Marine aircraft from French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the vicinity of U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

Operation Inherent Resolve

The French and American nuclear-powered aircraft carriers are currently deployed along with their battle groups to support strike operations in Iraq and Syria.

Last week a Rafale Marine “omnirole” aircraft belonging to the 11F operated aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the last of series of joint training events aimed at improving carrier integration.

Operation Inherent Resolve

Image credit: U.S. Navy


Another stunning U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet video

This is just supposed to be a teaser for a longer video…

Here’s another really cool video filmed from aboard F/A-18E Super Hornets with the U.S. Navy’s Strike-Fighter Squadron 27 (VFA-27) “Royal Maces”.

Based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, in Japan, VFA-27 is part of Carrier Air Wing 5 and is attached to the USS George Washington (CVN-73).

The video is just a teaser to this year’s full-length cruise video dubbed “That’s a Shack!” but it contains much interesting stuff, including the AGM-154 JSOW delivery as seen from the ATFLIR pod, low level flying in the canyons, dogfights and flight deck operations.

There’s also some night footage, including a gun strafe practice with the M61A2 Vulcan nose-mounted Gatling-style cannon which creates a faster-than-light travel visual effect similar to that of some famous spacecraft out of science fiction movies.


H/T to Rob for the heads-up