Oregon International Air Show 2016: US Navy Super Hornet West Coast TAC DEMO

The Oregon International Air Show featured some ear blasting greatness from the US Navy Super Hornet West Coast Demonstration Team! Flying a Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet aka “Rhino” two-seat multi-role fighter, the pilot literally screamed through the at speeds close to 1,125 km/h / 700 mph (edging on the sound barrier) on a number of fast low passes along with some slower ones to allow the crowd to take a closer look at this mighty winged beast! This tactical demonstration impressed with some great flying!

The US Navy West Coast Demonstration Team Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” awaiting take-off Oregon International Air Show 2016
The US Navy West Coast Demonstration Team Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” awaiting take-off (note Mt. Hood is visible in the background)
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO Super Hornet Oregon International Air Show 2016
Lower the wings and canopy
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO Super Hornet Oregon International Air Show 2016
It’s time to fly!
Dirty Barrel Roll US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO Super Hornet Oregon International Air Show 2016
A dirty barrel roll upon take-off then away!
The US Navy West Coast Demonstration Team Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” awaiting take-off Oregon International Air Show 2016
Low pass
The US Navy West Coast Demonstration Team Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” awaiting take-off Oregon International Air Show 2016
A mean looking machine the F/A-18F Super Hornet aka “Rhino”
The US Navy West Coast Demonstration Team Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” awaiting take-off Oregon International Air Show 2016
Vapour forms as the F/A-18F sharply rises
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO Super Hornet Oregon International Air Show 2016 Vapour Afterburner
Reach for the sky!
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO Super Hornet Oregon International Air Show 2016
High angle of attack
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO Super Hornet Oregon International Air Show 2016 high speed low pass
High speed low pass (very fast, very loud!)
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO Super Hornet Oregon International Air Show 2016
Heading up
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO Super Hornet Oregon International Air Show 2016
Vapour forms
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO Super Hornet Oregon International Air Show 2016
Smokin’
The most notable difference between a Super Hornet and the earlier Hornet is the squared intakes, it is longer, has a 25% larger wing area and includes two additional weapon pylons
The most notable difference between a Super Hornet and the earlier Hornet is the squared intakes, it is longer, has a 25% larger wing area and includes two additional weapon pylons (no pylons are fitted for demo flying)
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO Super Hornet Oregon International Air Show 2016
Here he comes!
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO Super Hornet Oregon International Air Show 2016 Vapour Afterburner
My favourite shot from the show – from the vapour forming off the wings to the shockwaves from the afterburners I think it perfectly demonstrates the raw power of the Super Hornet
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO Super Hornet Oregon International Air Show 2016
There he goes!
Landing US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO Super Hornet Oregon International Air Show 2016
Safe landing
US Navy West Coast TAC DEMO Super Hornet Oregon International Air Show 2016
Shows over folks and its time to fold up the wings
VFA-122 Insignia
US Navy VFA-122 Insignia

The Super Hornet was from Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-122 “Flying Eagles based at NAS Lenmoore, California. VFA-122 is a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) that trains US Navy pilots and maintenance crews who will fly and work on Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and the earlier McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A-D Hornet fighters. The VFA-122 motto is “Professionalism & Loyalty” and I think that really shows in their flying demonstration.

The military is always prepared and so the show could always go on, a second F/A-18F was also on hand at the air show just in case any mechanical issues were to arise with the first one. I have to admit though, I had kind of hoped they would both fly!

My first glimpse of the aircraft at Oregon International Air Show 2016 was this pair of US Navy Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets (West Coast Demonstration Team)
My first glimpse of the aircraft at Oregon International Air Show 2016 was this pair of US Navy Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets (West Coast Demonstration Team)
US Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet VFA-122
The big brother of the Hornet – US Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet
US Navy Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets (West Coast Demonstration Team) Oregon International Air Show 2016
US Navy Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets (West Coast Demonstration Team)
A spare Super Hornet and the spare Breitling Jet Team Aero L-39 Albatros No.8 Oregon International Air Show 2016
A spare Super Hornet and the spare Breitling Jet Team Aero L-39 Albatros No.8

In the static displays there was a US Navy VFA-122 Flying Eagles Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet (single seat variant) alongside its predecessor a McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet fighter (sometimes dubbed the “Classic Hornet”) from the Naval Air Warfighting Development Centre (NAWDC) at NAS Fallon in Nevada (this one is from the NAWDC Fighter Weapons School – “Top Gun” adversaries). It was interesting to be able to compare these two generations of Hornets side by side.

US Navy Boeing FA-18E Super Hornet & McDonnell Douglas FA-18C Hornet - Oregon International Air Show 2016
US Navy Boeing FA-18E Super Hornet & McDonnell Douglas FA-18C Hornet – Oregon International Air Show 2016
US Navy Boeing FA-18E Super Hornet & McDonnell Douglas FA-18C Hornet - Oregon International Air Show 2016
US Navy Boeing FA-18E Super Hornet & McDonnell Douglas FA-18C Hornet – Oregon International Air Show 2016
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet from the Naval Air Warfighting Development Centre (NAWDC) at NAS Fallon in Nevada Oregon International Air Show 2016
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet from the Naval Air Warfighting Development Centre (NAWDC) at NAS Fallon in Nevada
F/A-18C from the Naval Air Warfighting Development Centre (NAWDC) at NAS Fallon in Nevada (Fighter Weapons School - "Top Gun" adversaries) Oregon International Air Show
F/A-18C from the Naval Air Warfighting Development Centre (NAWDC) at NAS Fallon in Nevada (Fighter Weapons School – “Top Gun” adversaries)
US Navy VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet Oregon International Air Show 2016
US Navy VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet
US Navy VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet Oregon International Air Show 2016
US Navy VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet
US Navy McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet (top) & Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet Oregon International Air Show 2016
US Navy McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet (top) & Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet (bigger with more weapons pylons) at the Oregon International Air Show 2016

Oregon may be Eagle Country but on this day it was rivalled by the number of Super Hornets that were about! It is always good to see the best the USAF and US Navy has to offer on the same day!

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6 thoughts on “Oregon International Air Show 2016: US Navy Super Hornet West Coast TAC DEMO

    1. Stealth, look and shoot in any direction, joint really means that it can be linked to other aircraft – share target info etc. In theory the JSF is vastly more advanced… Time will tell

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