U.S. Navy’s Flying Eagles to perform at air show
August 17, 2015
The U.S. Navy's Flying Eagles VFA-122 will perform demonstration flights in the F/A-18F Super Hornet at the Aviation Roundup at Minden-Tahoe Airport Saturday and Sunday.
"This is an outstanding addition to an already fantastic lineup of performers," said Airport Manager Bobbi Thompson.
The Super Hornet is a twin-engine, supersonic, all weather multi-role fighter jet that is capable of landing and taking off from an aircraft carrier. The Boeing F/A-18E and related twin-seat F/A-18F are larger and more advanced derivatives of the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. The Super Hornet has an internal 20-mm M61 rotary cannon and can carry air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface weapons. Extra fuel can be carried in up to five external fuel tanks and the aircraft can be configured as an airborne tanker by adding an external air refueling system.
The Super Hornet was first ordered by the U.S. Navy in 1992, in part to replace the F-14 Tomcat; all naval combat jets were on Hornet variants until the introduction of the F-35C Lightning II.
Gates for next weekend's show will open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. The show will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Team Rocket, Bill Stein, Kyle Franklin, Matt Younkin, Manfred Radius, Dan Buchanan, and the Misty Blues will parachute in with the flag for the opening ceremonies.