buzzlatka wrote:VR-1355 up in WA. If that was edison courtwright or wishon I would be toast. Most of the sierra is off limits below 3k agl. Saline and death valley on the other hand, are open season.
The paint is just for fun, we did that with all the F-18b's in the squadron. Those are the old jets.
StrataRocketeer wrote:Those aren't VFA-125 insignia on that pretty baby blue jet?
Pardon my density altitude. It took me a day to realize that you were talkin' about a low level training route and not a squadron number.
It's sometimes hard for a low and slow pilot to grasp that Washington is just a hop and a skip away for an F-18. Did you do an aerial refueling on that training sortie before you returned home, or was there enough fuel with that drop tank to do the mission and get back? And when did the DOD raise the hard deck in the Sierra MOA's? That sucks, for you guys and us too. I guess the tree huggers don't appreciate the beauty of a low level high speed pass in the wilderness anymore, eh?
I finally found V1355 on the Seattle sectional. I guess you guys stop at Whidbey Island and get lamp oil there. Must be Keechelus Lake in those pictures you posted.