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VFA-83 Rampagers Cruise Video

VFA-83 cruise video
It seems like almost every week there is another cruise video showing how awesome the job of a Naval Aviator is - and this first week of 2017 is no exception!

This time the cruise video is from VFA-83, known as the "Rampagers", from their 2015/2016 deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Navy First: Unmanned Aerial Refuelling

Navy X-47B first unmanned aircraft to complete aerial refueling

It's another first for the United States Navy, and a big leap forward in the ability and sophistication of unmanned aircraft, as the Navy just recently released video of the first ever unmanned aircraft taking fuel from a tanker. This is called Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) and was the final test objective for the Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration program.

Hornet Ball 2016 Video Is Out...And It Is Awesome!

Rhino Ball 2016 video
The 2016 Hornet Ball video is out, and this year it pays special tribute to the F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, also known as "Rhinos".

A Look Inside The Stealthy Destroyer USS Zumwalt

USS Zumwalt first look inside
The Navy gave limited access to the USS Zumwalt to reporters last week, during the stealthy ship's first port stop in Newport, Rhode Island. The Zumwalt is currently underway from it's birthplace in Maine to Baltimore, Maryland, where it is scheduled to be commissioned in October.

Supercarrier to Undergo Review of New Tech

USS Gerald Ford

In a move that is both very prudent and quite late, Frank Kendall, the Undersecretary Of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, has ordered that the US Navy's newest and most advanced aircraft carrier - the USS Gerald Ford - undergo an independent review to determine the future of some of the Ford's most advanced technology.

Video: Operations on a Flight Deck - Time Lapse!

Flight deck operations aboard the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier

The flight deck of an aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous working environments in all of the military. The close quarters of aircraft, sailors, and equipment; the pitching and rolling flight deck; turning rotors and jet engines; and aircraft launching at recovering at a couple hundred miles an hour all make for an unforgiving workplace!

This makes the sailors who work day-in-and-day-out in this environment some of the best and watching the ballet that is flight operations on the carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is awesome!

Despite USAF IOC, F-35 Still Falls Short

F-35 flies in formation with F-16

Coming just a few days after the Air Force declared its F-35A cleared for limited operations, the Pentagon's top tester expressed doubt about the aircraft.

Video: First Firing of F-35 Gun Pod

F-35 with gun pod

Bad news about the F-35's combat capabilities, development, and its cost is nothing new. We've already reported on several bumps in the road for the fighter, including its dogfight with an F-16, potentially dangerous ejection seat, limited arsenal, and more!.

However, it's not all bad news - the F-35's stealthy external gun pod, which will be carried on the Marine Corp's F-35B and the Navy's F-35C, has finally been tested!

Video: E-2 Plunges Toward Sea in Carrier Landing Mishap

E-2 Hawkeye Carrier Landing

The dangers of Naval Aviation are many, and one of the biggest is probably landing aboard the carrier.

We've shown dicey carrier landings before. One of the most notable is probably this landing from a VFA-115 Cruise Video (starting at 1:50), but this new landing, taken from flight-deck and superstructure footage aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, may take the cake.

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