F/A-18A+ 

VMFA-115 “Silver Eagles” BuNo 163133

  USA Independence Day 2005 

These photos were taken by Ken Middleton 

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Photos directly below were taken at the Quonset, Rhode Island airshow on 17/18 June 2005. 

 

Two Bobs Decals makes markings for this jet:

Note the name on the speed brake – Capt “Puj” Hooks. It is in memory of former pilot Capt. Franklin Hooks II, assigned to the “Silver Eagles” of Marine Fighter-Attack squadron One One Five (VMFA-115), who died in 2004. This marking was added after the decal release.

 

I got this excerpt from the Navy’s website:

 

“Hooks died when his F/A-18 Hornet jet crashed while conducting exercises off the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman near the Azores Islands on June 26. Hooks began his military career as an Electronics Technician when he joined the Navy in 1990. In 1993 he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1997.”

Also note the flag/eagle markings are a bit different on the tails now.

 

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Photos and text © by Ken Middleton