Your link reminds me of the time I ran into a Royal Navy exchange pilot at NAS
Miramar in the early 90's. I had just left the base gym when I saw a pilot with wearing a USN
issue flight suit and a VF
-124 patch on it. This in and of it's self is not odd. What he was wearing on his head was. He was wearing a RN
officers dress uniform cap. USN
pilots typically wear their garrison cap or a squadron ball cap when they are wearing a flight suit. Guess he left his ball cap at home.
If I'm not mistaken all export F/A-18 retain the wingfold mechanism. Probably not cost effective to design and build a wing without it.
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