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Final Formation For Blue Angels Solos

Blue Angels #6

The Navy, Marines, and the Blue Angels have been in mourning over the past few days following the loss of Marine Corps Captain Jeff Kuss, pilot of the #6 Opposing Solo jet during a demonstration training flight.

In a touching display of aerial camaraderie, the #5 and #6 Blue Angels flew one last formation together, with Captain Kuss's body being carried in the Blue Angels C-130 transport "Fat Albert".

VFA-115 Eagles Cruise Video!

An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the VFA-115 Cruise Video

Late last month the VFA-115 Eagles released a 6-minute teaser for their 2015 West Pacific deployment.

Flying the F/A-18E Super Hornet, this cruise video shows just about every aspect of their work! Low level (over land and sea), dogfights, ground attack, formation flying, low-level flybys, and even some gun camera and news footage about their deployment.

Mid-80's Squadron Videos are Hilarious

GoPro and other small high-def cameras have really upped the quality of squadron and deployment videos over the past few years, but its worth noting that it wasn't always like that.

Here's a squadron video from the mid-80's from Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two (VQ-2), and while it's not nearly as full of cockpit and aviation footage as today's videos, it's still a pretty great way to spend 4 minutes!

Obama's Push for Vet Hiring - A Rocky Success

Military veterans

The push to improve employment prospects for veterans after they return home is paying off - about one in every three people hired by the federal government now is a military veteran - but it's also causing confusion and resentment in both civilians looking for the same jobs and those doing the hiring.

VFA-2 Cruise Video is 15 minutes of Awesome!

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It seems like a new (and increasingly awesome) Navy aviation video is released every week or two, and this one is no exception!

F/A-18's Bitchin' Betty Retiring

Bitchin' Betty - the voice in an aircraft's cockpit that informs them of a serious or potentially life-threatening situation - is something that all pilots are familiar with. The woman responsible for the F/A-18 Hornet's Bitchin' Betty, Leslie Shook, recently announced her retirement from Boeing.

As a farewell gift for many years of service, Boeing put together this short tribute video:

Navy SEAL Receives Nation's Highest Honor

Edward Byers receives Medal of Honor

Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward C. Byers Jr., a member of the Navy's elite SEAL Team 6, received the military's highest award February 29th, in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

New Squadron Video from VFA-154 Black Knights

Squadron videos seem to be getting better and better, and this latest example from VFA-154 Black Knights just keeps the trend going.

F-16 vs F/A-18 - From a Pilot's Perspective

One of the questions that is pretty common among aviation enthusiasts is the old "which aircraft is better". There are some that are obvious - like the A-10's ability to perform Close Air Support and the F-22's unmatched air superiority - but for multirole fighters like the F/A-18 and the F-16 there's not necessarily a clear-cut winner.

Navy Top News Stories

Homes burned, looted in Iraqi city after defeat of militants

Dozens of homes were looted and burned as Fallujah was liberated from the Islamic State group, and Iraqi government forces Monday accused the retreating militants. Some provincial police, however, blamed the fires on Shiite militias operating with the federal police.
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Iraqis suffer in desert camps after flight from Fallujah

Tens of thousands of Iraqis who survived a harrowing flight from Fallujah now find themselves in sprawling desert camps with little food, water or shelter. The growing humanitarian crisis less than an hour's drive from Baghdad has reinforced the region's deep-seated distrust of the government, and could undermine recent gains against the Islamic State group.
1 hour 51 min ago

Oahu water utility to get update on Navy fuel leak threat

The EPA has approved three out of four new wells the Navy plans to build to help monitor the threat of leaks from giant fuel storage tanks near Pearl Harbor.
3 hours 3 min ago

US Navy turns to cloud technology to reduce drunken driving

An American sailor has tapped a cloud-based technology for mobile phones to make it easier to have volunteers take turns driving drunk friends home, an initiative that has curtailed drunken driving among the Navy ranks.
3 hours 45 min ago

US complains to Russia over harassment of diplomats

The State Department says U.S. and other western diplomats in Russia have reported a surge in harassment from Russian intelligence services, prompting high-level complaints from Washington to Moscow.
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