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[Photo] U.S. F/A-18E Hornet operates from French Aircraft Carrier
The Aviationist ^ | Jan 20 2014 | David Cenciotti

Posted on 01/20/2014 3:18:58 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki

Do you remember the image of the French Rafale combat planes aboard USS Truman in the Arabian Sea?

Well, the Americans returned the visit with an F/A-18E Super Hornet landing on the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle proving an interesting (and maybe useful?) interoperability between allied navies.

Actually, the image above, released by the U.S. DoD does not show the VFA-37 Hornet landing on the French carrier, since no hook can be seen; the photo was probably shot as the aircraft performed a touch and go on the flattop before attempting an actual arrested landing.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; france; navair; superhornet; usn

Image credit: DoD photo by Chief Petty Officer Bruno Gaudry, French Navy

1 posted on 01/20/2014 3:18:59 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki
(My squadron with the Brits...BEFORE they began issuing iPhones to help the crew find their way around the HMS Ark Royal!)
2 posted on 01/20/2014 3:27:04 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Is that an F4 in the background?


3 posted on 01/20/2014 3:27:29 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("The GOP fights its own base with far more vigor than it employs in fighting the Dims.")
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To: sukhoi-30mki
To put the image into perspective ... Here is the Charles DeGaulle carrier.

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4 posted on 01/20/2014 3:28:44 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

They look to be French Dasssault Mirages.


5 posted on 01/20/2014 3:29:51 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The War on Drugs has been used as an excuse to steal your rights. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Looks more like a Super Etendard.


6 posted on 01/20/2014 3:30:58 PM PST by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

There was a time back when the French were considering the F/A-18. There were some trials on the old Clemenceau, but the payload was severely limited


7 posted on 01/20/2014 3:34:27 PM PST by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Not an F4.


8 posted on 01/20/2014 3:38:01 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Not an F-4 but the nose does have a McDonnell look to it.


9 posted on 01/20/2014 3:45:03 PM PST by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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To: rlmorel
Hey, nice post, and great pic of the old Ark Royal.
What carrier were you on at the time?
10 posted on 01/20/2014 3:54:10 PM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: beelzepug

I thought the same thing. The front half looks like an F-4 but the tail is the give away that it isn’t.


11 posted on 01/20/2014 3:54:31 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Super entendard to the left
Rafael to the right.


12 posted on 01/20/2014 3:58:46 PM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: Fred Hayek

That was my guess, too.


13 posted on 01/20/2014 4:09:28 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I hope that the USN, the Brits, French, Spaniards all standardize on the same refueling probes so that they are compatible.


14 posted on 01/20/2014 5:29:03 PM PST by Rockpile
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To: EQAndyBuzz; Blood of Tyrants

The one on the left is a Super Etendard. The one on the right is a Rafael.


15 posted on 01/20/2014 6:48:29 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: NYer

The Charles de Gaulle is a lesson in how NOT to build an aircraft carrier.


16 posted on 01/20/2014 6:55:19 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The War on Drugs has been used as an excuse to steal your rights. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Rockpile

I’d assume they are all the same. The only major difference would be that the Rafale’s probe is fixed.


17 posted on 01/20/2014 9:27:32 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: Rockpile

I’d assume they are all the same. The only major difference would be that the Rafale’s probe is fixed.


18 posted on 01/20/2014 9:27:33 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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