2912n
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F-18 Crash At San Diego

Sat Aug 28, 2004 4:47 am

For those keeping score...

An F-18C of VF-151 overran the runway at NAS North Island last night at about 2045 local time and ended up in San Diego Bay. Pilot ejected and is okay.

Link to SD Union article...
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20040827-9999-7m27plane.html
 
maiznblu_757
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RE: F-18 Crash At San Diego

Sat Aug 28, 2004 8:36 am

Saw it as we pulled in to NZY today. To bad I only had my little digital cam with me.  Sad


Oh and by the way... VF's are Tomcats. It was an F/A18C from VF-81. USS Abraham Lincoln.

[Edited 2004-08-28 01:37:23]
 
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RE: F-18 Crash At San Diego

Sat Aug 28, 2004 11:09 am

We had Captain's Call in the hangar bay this morning and he said it was VFA-81. I dont know if he has it wrong or if the media has it wrong.
 
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RE: F-18 Crash At San Diego

Sat Aug 28, 2004 11:21 am

I think y'all mean VFA....
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RE: F-18 Crash At San Diego

Sat Aug 28, 2004 11:57 am

Ya'll? Ahhh, I see my mistake.. damn... been out to see way to long. (5 days)  Big grin

[Edited 2004-08-28 04:58:26]
 
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RE: F-18 Crash At San Diego

Sat Aug 28, 2004 2:45 pm

I'm a little confused here. The article said VFA-151 Vigilantes, NAS Lemoore based, but people here are saying VFA-81, the Sunliners, NAS Oceana based.

I think it's VFA-151, as this was the West Coast, and VFA-151 is attached to CVN-72, and has the modex 3XX on the side, NK on the tail, whereas VFA-81 has 4XX modex's (side numbers), and AA on the tail. VFA-81 would be a little far from home on this one, and is certainly attached to an east-coast based carrier.

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2912n
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RE: F-18 Crash At San Diego

Sat Aug 28, 2004 4:58 pm

Hey, I just go by what the paper said...  Smile
 
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RE: F-18 Crash At San Diego

Sat Aug 28, 2004 6:39 pm

DeltaGuy,

As I said. Our CO said it was VFA-81. I figured he would know, but, maybe not.
 
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RE: F-18 Crash At San Diego

Sun Aug 29, 2004 2:57 am

Maiznblu_757, Your CO may have better gouge than the newspeople, who knows. You know how scuttlebutt goes! Will be interesting to see how it goes over there though, and if anything will be salavaged from the plane after they pull it up. Amazing it was still floating! Probably had alot of air in the fueltanks?

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RE: F-18 Crash At San Diego

Mon Aug 30, 2004 8:46 am

 
maiznblu_757
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RE: F-18 Crash At San Diego

Mon Aug 30, 2004 2:44 pm

If I could get these damn photos off this memory card, I could post them. I dont have a reader for this type of memory card and the person I borrowed the camera from lost the USB cable.
 
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RE: F-18 Crash At San Diego

Tue Aug 31, 2004 2:25 am


FYI, as to what DeltaGuy said,

NAS Oceana's VFAs does not participate in western pacific deployments. All our VFAs (sea-duty squadrons) are on Norfolk-based carriers. That is why NAS Lemoore's F/A-18s handles (sea duty, that is) ALL of the west coast carriers meaning it definatly wasn't VFA-81.

I heard about this crash on the Navy News, as our C.O. here on the Stennis didn't announce it as we've been thru some terrible losses ourselves.

Kevin



[Edited 2004-08-30 19:41:49]
 
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RE: F-18 Crash At San Diego

Thu Sep 02, 2004 3:23 am

This August we, VFA-106, participated in work-ups with the USS Abraham Lincoln out of North Island. We also have detached out to Nimitz and John C. Stennis in the past. Obviously, VFA-106 and VF-101 don't deploy, but we do participate in work-ups fleet-wide.
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RE: F-18 Crash At San Diego

Sat Sep 04, 2004 3:03 am

Chris,

I have seen a few of VF-101s tomcats at NASNI a few times I'm there. Why? I do not know, but as what you mentioned, doing work-ups. I guess they will participate in CQs to train newly and recurring pilots on actual carrier arrestment landings but don't go on actual deployments. But I don't think shore based squadrons do dets like COMTUEX or JTFEX since usually the airwings that participates in these exercise do go on deployments.
FYI: We are the last F-14 squadron to participate in a Western Pacific deployment here on the USS John C. Stennis. After this, the air wing in the west coast will be everything 'cept for the 'cats.

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RE: F-18 Crash At San Diego

Sat Sep 04, 2004 6:37 pm

Kevin,

BTW, we've received our first Super Hornets now. First class starts in 2005. Most of them are acceptance jets from VFA-122 in Lemoore. The boss bird is a new-build, though.
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