Happy Sunday, oh FighterSweep Faithful!
As you all have seen, we have given our good friends in Naval Aviation a healthy bit of air time with their fabulous Hornet Ball, Strike Fighter Ball, and cruise videos. Tonight we’re bringing you another cruise video, but from the perspective of VAQ-141. The “Shadowhawks,” stationed at NAS Atsugi, Japan, flying the Boeing EA-18G Growler.
The Shadowhawks have the distinction of being the first unit to fly a combat operation from sea in the Growler, supporting both Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom from the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). The footage you’ll see in this installment, and in the subsequent parts (don’t watch ahead, cheaters!!), was all taken during that cruise in 2011.
It has everything you’ve come to expect from Naval Aviation in the entertainment category: plenty of blue water ops, some cloud surfing, carrier breaks, ‘burners, and some pretty decent music.
So enjoy part one, and be sure to keep your eyes open for the next two parts!