[Photo] U.S. F/A-18E Hornet operates from French Aircraft Carrier

Do you remember the image of the French Rafale combat planes aboard USS Truman in the Arabian Sea?

Well, the Americans returned the visit with an F/A-18E Super Hornet landing on the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle proving an interesting (and maybe useful?) interoperability between allied navies.

Actually, the image above, released by the U.S. DoD does not show the VFA-37 Hornet landing on the French carrier, since no hook can be seen; the photo was probably shot as the aircraft performed a touch and go on the flattop before attempting an actual arrested landing.

Image credit: DoD photo by Chief Petty Officer Bruno Gaudry, French Navy

 

 

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