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
The French Navy’s facebook page has a photo of this aircraft landing, with tailhook out. http://i4.minus.com/ibmkDqAvi7PlUE.jpg
Also, it’s from VFA-105, not VFA-37.