VFA-115 Cruise Video - With Awesome Landing

The US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet Squadron VFA-115 "Eagles" has released their 2014 WESTPAC cruise video trailer, and it's pretty awesome!

In addition to the usual cruise video fare - awesome cockpit selfies, flying in close formation, low-level flying, air combat maneuvering (ACM) practice, employment of both air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry, this video also features a pretty nail-biting carrier landing in a heavy fog.

You can see the entire trailer here:

The landing starts at 1:50, with the aircraft at about a mile from the carrier flying into what appears to be just a grey blob. You can hear the radio conversation between the LSO and pilot - you can hear the pilot call the ball about a third of a mile out from the carrier, although it's really hard to see on the video until only a few seconds before landing!

This kind of video really shows how challenging it really is to land a $50 million, 25 ton aircraft on a few hundred feet of floating steel!