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chriswoodul Ricardo Tragen pulls this Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet around to final for a touch and go during one of his powerful demonstration flights at LeBourget, for the Paris Air Show. I have seen most of his demo flights at Paris and Farborough since 2000 and I still enjoy every moment and never miss it. Being at those shows for the full duration of the business trade show portion allows multiple chances to see each manufacturer show their aircraft's capabilities several times. Both Boeing and Lockheed 'borrow for a fee' aircraft from actual squadrons to put on the displays rather than a company owned aircraft. In 2000 at Farborough the first Super Hornet display had everone talking about the plane being configured with lots of dummy missiles and racks on the two-seater demo aircraft...It was notable as at least up till then most demos were done with clean aircraft which perform obviously much better due to lack weight and drag penalties. Mr. Tragen, a Canadian, is the Chief Test Pilot for Boeing's St. Louis factory and has performed this routine many many times since I first saw it. I can imagine that is like his version of Christmas, waiting patiently all year to go play with a Super Hornet at each of those big European Airshow's (and all the other places around the world that they demo the plane.
Life has got to be good for him!

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  •   chriswoodul A variation of this is further down in the gallery where the aoa lights on the nose gear are illuminating an amber 'on-speed' signal (for the LSO if it were on a carrier approach or FCLP on the 'Beach'. I liked this momment slightly before that point on his approach as well. With digital we all can take as many pictures as wel can and then sorting to pick is always a tough one! 1d

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saracatherine2014 celebrating selection day and being assigned his first choice aircraft! 🍾 @kipjuber #wearethatcouple #futurepilot #flynavy #tailhook 1d

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fightersweep Some #tbt action for you in the form of a #t2c. This example, from #vt86, was making it's last stop before heading to the boneyard. The #buckeye helped train every jet qualified USN and USMC aviator from the late 1950's until 2004. #sabrehawks #taw1 #naspensacola #wingsofgold #flynavy #usn #tailhook #tailhooker #amarg #fightersweepmafia #fightersweep #force12media 1d

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chriswoodul Telephoto lens or not its always an interesting co-existance between the Flying Displays at the Paris Air Show over LeBourget and Commercial Airline traffic from near by CDG and ORY Airports. I have for some reason captured numerous birds in very close proximity to the display aircraft and its always a bit un-nerving to find them later when looking at the images on a bigger screen. In this case the Airbus A319 on final for CDG behind the Boeing SuperHornet wasn't that hard to miss. Paris 2007.

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brewseum Come get your Fat Tuesday on with us tonight during our Tailhook Tuesday : Mardi Gras edition! Doors open at 5pm - beads, beer drinking & masks are encouraged this evening as we pay tribute to our friends partying hard in NOLA on Bourbon Street! #brewseum #brewpub #museum #mardigras #fattuesday #brewing #beer #party #tailhook #tailhooktuesday #homeofthebravebrewing #rememberhonorsalute #aloha #kakaako #honolulu #hawaii #oahu 3d

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bremontmilitary #Bremont has created a very special military edition for current members of the US #Tailhook Association, a non-profit fraternal organization supporting the interests of sea-based aviation, with emphasis on aircraft carriers. The watch is based on the retail #MBIII and features a jet engine face pattern, Tailhook logo, and special striped second hand. #Tailhookers #PilotWatch #WSOWatch #EWOWatch #BremontMilitary #British #Aviation #Watches #Horology #Military 5d

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chriswoodul The Boeing F/A-18F SuperHornet, aka SuperBug fills the Le Bourget sky with jet noise and poweful manuvers. Boeing Test Pilot, Ricardo Tragen, always makes it look so easy. I always look at that empty back seat and frown- just sayin'

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chriswoodul Another look at the Link F/A-18A+ Full Mission Trainer on it's last day of operation at NASJRB Fort Worth in 2009. It was replaced by a much more sophisticated late model L3Link Simulation and Training F/A-18A+ Full Mission Trainer.

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sepinero Photo by @chriswoodul
The snug little office of the Collings Foundation Douglas TA-4F front seat cockpit.
The Douglas Escapac Ejection Seats were live.
(as they should be!l

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