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".
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.
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!
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.
It seems like a new (and increasingly awesome) Navy aviation video is released every week or two, and this one is no exception!
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:
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.
Squadron videos seem to be getting better and better, and this latest example from VFA-154 Black Knights just keeps the trend going.
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.