An F/A-18E Super Hornet races...

An F/A-18E Super Hornet races by the 'Range of Light'. Clyde Minaret can be seen near the front of the cockpit section.
(Oct 2002)


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Bryan W

Bryan W - Dec 15, 2003 8:31 pm - Hasn't voted

Great Shot

Dave, it always seems that our fellow SPers do not appreciate the aerial photos. I for one give this 4 stars. It has amazing scenery and shows the might of Naval aviation. Kind of curious where you got this shot. Are you a pilot? Photo journalist who was lucky enough to get a ride? Was it taken from another F-18 or a tanker?


Misha - Dec 15, 2003 10:13 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Great Shot

I agree. This is a great shot with one of my favorite scenery in the background. When did you take this, Dave? I am jealous...

Dave Daly

Dave Daly - Dec 16, 2003 9:59 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Great Shot

That's OK...The shot is a little blurry. Just wanted to get the Minaret's and Ritter-Banner in the shot as we flew by.

Dave K - Dec 16, 2003 11:19 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Great Shot

Yup...4 stars from me too! What a great shot.

Dave Daly

Dave Daly - Dec 15, 2003 10:53 pm - Hasn't voted

Back Seat Driver....

Me? An officer? Not a do you think I came up with a busted ankle!?!? ; ) I took that shot coming back from a cross country flight from Spingfield, Illinois back in March. The squadron I was assigned to was VFA-125 (Rought Raiders). The squadron jet we joined on with was from VFA-115. When I was in the military, a few of us maintainers got our Aviation Physiology back seat qualifications. This allowed us to jump into the back seat of an F/A-18B or D model (short for "two seater"), whenever required, if one of our jets broke down on the road. The fun part about being part of a training squadron is that the back seat is equipped with flight controls and a throttle. Overall, I've got at least 3 and half hours flying the Hornet....most of it flying from way point to way point (or for you tactical aviation types: tacan to tacan). That also includes some "light" ACM (aircraft combat manuevers). Best qual I ever maintained as an enlisted guy!

Dave Daly

Dave Daly - Dec 16, 2003 1:28 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Back Seat Driver....

Noted. My bust....the files Ihad loaded to my hard drive post the dates I placed the photo into a folder. That's the date I was looking at.


ScottyS - Dec 16, 2003 1:27 pm - Voted 10/10


This photo must remind a few people of GWB....don't worry Dave, its just the halo effect. got to take the stick? !@#&$^%%!!!

I'd rather see a wing or a whole aircraft in a mountain picture than have to deal with somebody's Jeep or horse conveyance filling the frame as they "climb" their way to the top....

I love airphotos.


Sharon - Jul 29, 2004 12:50 am - Voted 10/10

Stealth: bomber, not rubber

This pic reminds me of the time we were on Royal Arches...the big ledge just after the A1 move (where all the slings hang down). There was a sudden sound unlike any I had ever heard before. The Stealth bomber literally screamed by at relatively low altitude above the Valley . My husband was climbing so didn't turn around quickly enough to see it zoom by. The Stealth was gone in seconds & the entire incident seemed like a hallucination. The only reason I recognized the Stealth was because of pics in newsmagazines... it looked & sounded unlike any jet I had ever seen before.

Dave Daly

Dave Daly - Aug 5, 2004 4:28 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Stealth: bomber, not rubber


Just so you know, the Valley is subject to noise abatement restrictions (flights no lower than 10,000 ft of the encountered terrain). The Air force can get in big trouble if someone reports it. And pilots typically know these resticted areas.

Not a noise abatement issue but look what happened to that Marine aircrew of an EA-6B who tried to fly under the cables of a gondola......the result: 20 people killed! Even though I'm all about supporting the U.S. military and its personnel, I still don't condone the breaking of laws and neither should our pilots! Next time, report it to an Air force liaison at either Nellis AFB or Edwards AFB (they both have squadrons of F-117's).




Noondueler - Dec 17, 2015 3:29 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Stealth: bomber, not rubber

I was napping one time in Panamint Valley en route to Death Valley when a low cruising jet from China Lake got me up quick, then came back for a second run. I think these flybys were a common occurence. Apparently no restriction issues there and quite a spectacle! Maybe they saw my van alone out there in the desert and decided to ruffle feathers and give me a show for one! At least it seemed that way. :)

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