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May 6, 2009

F/A-18D Hornet

If any of you saw the movie Top Gun, you may recall that the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School TOPGUN training program was located at a military base just outside of San Diego. Today it's called the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, but back then, I believe it was known as Naval Air Station Miramar.

They don't fly TOPGUN training missions out of Miramar any more. I think they moved the TOPGUN training program into the Nevada desert.

Or, maybe if you don't recall the TOPGUN training program, maybe you remember when the FA-18D Hornet crashed into a neighborhood destroying several homes and killing four people on the ground in back December.

In any event, today they're still scrambling fighter jets out of Miramar like mad. I went outside and shot a few of them taking off today while I was talking on my cell phone. It's so loud that it shakes the building and I just have to wait for them to pass before I can resume communication. This is an F/A-18D Hornet taking off.

Update: The plane crashed at 4416 Cather Ave. San Diego, CA.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on May 6, 2009 at 10:22 PM

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