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This is one of the coolest images I’ve seen in years: cockpit view as Marines F-18 fires live missile

The following image is going viral on social networks.

The reason is obvious: is an absolutely stunning photograph, just released by the U.S. Marine Corps, showing Capt. Christopher Prout with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing as he shoots an AIM-7 Sparrow missile from an F/A-18C Hornet near Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, on May 16, 2013.

VMFA-232 moved to Tyndall for a deployment for training (DFT) used to prepare the squadron for future combat and contingency operations.

F-18 shooting

Image credit: U.S. Marine Corps

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This is how naval aviators prepare for actual arrested landings aboard aircraft carriers

Marine Aircraft Group 31 pilots conduct field carrier landing practice (FCLP) aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, SC, on Apr. 16, 2013.

Before pilots can actually land aboard aircraft carriers, they have to practice in the simulator and at the field during FCLP.

Performed on a simulated aircraft carrier ashore, FCLPs provide pilots with realistic training (except the runway is 10,000 ft by 200 feet wide, versus an actual carrier deck that is only 700 by 100 feet).


FCLPs are a series of approaches followed by touch-and-goes, which are observed by a landing signal officer who grades and critiques each landing. A normal FCLP consists of about eight to 12 touch-and-goes and lasts about 45 minutes.

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World’s first operational JSF squadron welcomes its first F-35B at MCAS Yuma

On Nov. 16, at approximately 1 p.m., Third Marine Aircraft Wing’s first F-35B, piloted by F-35 pilot instructor Maj. A. C. Liberman, landed at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

The arrival of the first next gen aircraft is the highlight of the official re-designation of Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121, an F/A-18 Hornet Squadron, as the world’s first operational F-35 squadron. The formal ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 20.

Capable of short take off and vertical landing (STOVL), the F-35B is the Joint Strike Variant the USMC will use to replace the Corps’ F/A-18 Hornet, AV-8B Harrier and EA-6B Prowler.

A new F-35 is expected to be delivered each month until a squadron is fully operational on the type at Yuma, something the service expects to complete by early summer next year. By 2020, five squadrons with 16 airframes each and one test squadron with 8 planes: 88 F-35s will replace the base’s existing squadrons of 56 Harriers.

Noteworthy, VMA-211, that lost six AV-8B Harrier jets in a deadly Taliban attack on Camp Bastion that took the life of the squadron commanding officer in September, will be the second Yuma squadrom to transition to the F-35.

Photo by LCpl. Bill Waterstreet

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Photo: Second UK’s F-35 and U.S. Marine Corps F-35B delivered to Eglin Air Force Base

On Oct. 19, the second British Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II took off from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base for delivery to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

The UK’s F-35 flew the 90-minute ferry flight to the Emerald Coast with the eleventh U.S. Marine Corps’s F-35B. The aircraft, known as ZM136 and BK-16, departed at approximately 8:06 a.m. CDT with U.K. Royal Air Force Sqn. Ldr. Jim Schofield and Marine Corps Maj. Adam Levine at the controls.

The first United Kingdom F-35B, arrived at the base for operational test and evaluation in July.

Image credit: Lockheed Martin / Neal Chapman

Photo: Flames explode behind the Blue Angels’ F/A-18 Hornets at Miramar Air Show 2012

Flames seem to surround the U.S. Navy Blue Angels demo team’s F/A-18 Hornet jets during the night portion of the MCAS (Marine Corps Air Station) Miramar air show 2012, on Oct. 13.

The Saturday “twilight” show, a fireworks display and the final “Great Wall of Fire” pyrotechnic display are common features of the annual Miramar air show.

Miramar is famous all around the world for being the base of the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapon School, whose training program inspired Top Gun.

The NFWS, has moved to NAS Fallon, Nevada, in 1996.

Image credit: U.S. Marine Corps