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    Blue Blasters Hornet Sundown Ceremony Marks the End of an Era [Image 6 of 6]

    Blue Blasters Hornet Sundown Ceremony Marks the End of an Era

    VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, UNITED STATES

    02.01.2019

    Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kaylyn Jackson-Smith 

    Commander, Naval Air Forces

    190201-N-DN355- 0276
    Virginia Beach, VA (February 1, 2019) Cmdr. William Mathis, commanding
    officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34, exits aircraft 434
    following the final flight of the F/A-18 Hornet. The F/A-18 Hornet
    entered operational service for the fleet in 1984. The aircraft’s
    first combat mission was in 1986 during Operation El Dorado Canyon and
    the legacy Hornet continued to serve in every major U.S. military
    operation including the Gulf War, Iraqi War, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi
    Freedom, Inherent Resolve and most recently served in 2018 from the
    deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34
    while conducting navigation patrols in the South China Sea. (U.S. Navy
    photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class K.R.
    Jackson-Smith/Released)

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    Date Taken: 02.01.2019
    Date Posted: 02.01.2019 20:45
    Photo ID: 5074313
    VIRIN: 190127-N-DN355-276
    Resolution: 7952x5304
    Size: 1.66 MB
    Location: VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, US

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    Downloads: 22

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