Hornet Ball 2014: the best naval aviation video of the year

Once again, Hornet Ball is the best naval aviation video of the year.

The Hornet Ball (Strike Fighter Ball Pacific) is an annual event consisting of all the West coast Naval F/A-18C Legacy Hornet and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet squadrons, their pilots and guests.

Each year the event features a video, produced by “Wingnut”, a Hornet pilot himself, compiled from all the squadrons’ last year of flying in both combat and training missions: catapult launches, trap landings, aerobatics, dogfighting against Su-30s and Mig-29s, live firing of air-to-air missiles, HARM anti-radion missiles, LGBs (Laser Guided Bombs), cluster bombs, low level flying in the desert, ATFLIR  (Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared) pod clips, and much more.

Here’s the Hornet Ball 2013.

H/T Tom Demerly and Al Clark for the heads-up


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  1. Horrible music…frantic editing. Kill the music and leave each scene up long enough so the viewer could appreciate the beautiful video!!

  2. Why are they formatting with Sukhoi -30 MKI’s around the 8:36 mark. No one in the Pacific operates them. The Video is a fake.

    • moron – read up on what the annual even Hornet Ball is. Ever hear of Red Flag @ Nellis? It’s kinda like that. Nothing fake about this video whatsoever.

  3. I flew over 5000 hours during a 20+ year career as a naval aviator during which I flew 385 combat missions. I had 800 CV landings with 200 being at night. I always flew with standard issue gloves, so I don’t understand the statements about finger cut gloves. Gloves were worn as protection in case of cockpit fires and might be important in the event of a cold weather survival situation.

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