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FA-18F Super Hornet
Lens: DA*300 Camera: K3 Photo Location: Canberra, Australia ISO: 400 Shutter Speed: 1/1000s Aperture: F7.1 
Posted By: RobG, 03-18-2017, 02:52 AM


F18 Super Hornet at Skyfire
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F18 Super Hornet at Skyfire
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And I probably should have left the teleconverter at home.


When 630mm is too much
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03-18-2017, 03:05 AM   #2
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WOW !! Excellent images Rob.
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WOW !! Excellent images Rob.
Thanks! A frustratingly large amount of duds, but there's a few that made it worthwhile.
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Yes WOW. #2 especially

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Yes WOW. #2 especially
Thanks Bruce - I really like that one also!
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Man, you're a master at this stuff, Rob. Super job.

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Man, you're a master at this stuff, Rob. Super job.
I wish that was true, Jer, but thanks!
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I like them all, that TC really brings it in Rob. I can almost hear this beast roaring over.

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I like them all, that TC really brings it in Rob. I can almost hear this beast roaring over.
Thanks Bob! I hadn't expected to be so close, and needed earplugs more than I did at the Avalon Airshow. It was extremely loud!
PS The first two images are cropped, but the one of the underside of the aircraft is full frame. I'd guess that it passed me less than 100 metres away, which is a bit close for the afterburners!
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Great shots Rob

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Thanks Bob! I hadn't expected to be so close, and needed earplugs more than I did at the Avalon Airshow. It was extremely loud!
PS The first two images are cropped, but the one of the underside of the aircraft is full frame. I'd guess that it passed me less than 100 metres away, which is a bit close for the afterburners!
I can confirm it was very loud and seemed to be much closer than normal.
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I'm surprissed they have tail hooks on their hornets.
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I'm surprissed they have tail hooks on their hornets.
Interestingly, the Australian F111 aircraft even had arrestor hooks, even though they couldn't be used on carriers. I don't know if an Australian Hornet or Super Hornet has ever made a carrier landing. I'd say that it's just a standard part of the build. It's possible they exist for use in the same way as the F111 hook was - a last ditch means of stopping an aircraft in an emergency landing.

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I know the French Rafales have operated from US carriers a few times over the years in the middle east, maybe the Australians do training also. Or maybe just for emergency, but I know from working in aviation my entire adult life they don't like to carry weight that's not needed.

Great shots, I love the kangaroo on the wing.
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Yeah, we haven't had fixed-wing naval air since the Eighties, when we had A4 Skyhawks and Grumman Trackers operating from HMAS Melbourne.

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I know the French Rafales have operated from US carriers a few times over the years in the middle east, maybe the Australians do training also. Or maybe just for emergency, but I know from working in aviation my entire adult life they don't like to carry weight that's not needed. Great shots, I love the kangaroo on the wing.
Thanks! I just did a bit of checking and it looks like the tail hooks are there for the type of emergency that occurred with the F111.

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Yeah, we haven't had fixed-wing naval air since the Eighties, when we had A4 Skyhawks and Grumman Trackers operating from HMAS Melbourne.
Sad but true. If only we had the VSTOL version of the F35 to use the ski jump on the LHDs. Although if we wanted something closer to a fixed wing there's the Osprey.
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