Cecil's Hornet's...
To me, the FA-18 Hornet in US Navy service, ranks just behind my all time favorite US Navy fast jet; the A-7 Corsair II. These images would not have been possible had it not been for Bert Byers at NAS Cecil Field in Florida. The images were taken over a 3 year period; December 1991, September 1992, & August 1993. It was sad to hear that this great base had closed on 30th September 1999.

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fa18c vfa131

164210   FA-18C   of   VFA-131   the Wildcats - 25 August 1993

fa18a vmfa142

161965  FA-18A  of  VMFA-142  the Gators - 25 August 1993

fa18c vfa136

164217   FA-18C   of   VFA-136   the Knighthawks - 25 August 1993

fa18a vfa15

163119    FA-18A   of    VFA-15   the Valions - 16 December 1991

fa18c paint

163478   FA-18C  of  VFA-83  the Rampagers gets ready for a re-paint 14 September 1992

fa18a vfa106

163105   FA-18A  of   VFA-106  the Gladiators FRU - 16 December 1991

fa18d vfa106

163474   FA-18D  of   VFA-106  the Gladiators FRU - 16 December 1991

fa18c vfa15

164243    FA-18C   of    VFA-15   the Valions - 16 December 1991

 

fa18a vfa137

162848   FA-18A   of   VFA-137   the Kestrels - 14 September 1992

fa18a vfa203

161929  FA-18A  of  VFA-203  the Blue Dolphins - 14 September 1992

fa18c vfa37

164246     FA-18C   of    VFA-37  the Bulls - 16 December 1991

fa18c vfa86

163451   FA-18C   of   VFA-86   the Sidewinders - 14 September 1992

fa18c washing

163491    FA-18C   of    VFA-81   the Sunliners  being  washed  down 25 August 1993

fa18b vfa106

161924   FA-18B  of   VFA-106  the Gladiators FRU - 25 August 1993

fa18a vfa137

162909   FA-18A   of   VFA-137   the Kestrels - 14 September 1992

fa18c vfa83

163509    FA-18C    of    VFA-83  the Rampagers - 25 August 1993

 

fa18c vfa81

163443    FA-18C   of   VFA-81    the Sunliners - 25 August 1993

fa18a vfa87

163095  FA-18A  of  VFA-87 the Golden Warriors - 16 December 91

fa18c vfa105

164247  FA-18C  of   VFA-105  the Gunslingers - 16 December 1991

fa18c vfa83

163495    FA-18C    of    VFA-83  the Rampagers - 25 August 1993

fa18 engine change

163xxx   FA-18C   of   VFA-83  the Rampagers undergoes engine change 25 August 1993

fa18c vfa106

163433   FA-18C  of   VFA-106  the Gladiators FRU - 16 December 1991

fa18c vfa105

164244  FA-18C  of   VFA-105  the Gunslingers - 16 December 1991

fa18c vfa136

164208   FA-18C   of   VFA-136   the Knighthawks - 25 August 1993