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McDonnell Douglas FA-18 Hornet

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Now THIS is what I call a "Wingman" for sure! Look at how close the wingman is.

And ... look at how low they are. True, I was standing on top of Rattlesnake Mountain when they came blistering in out of the south behind me so I was already quite high in the sky. And because I was looking down at RNO to the northwest of my position, I was not prepared to have a pair of Hornets come haulin' ass from behind me. Gotta say, when I got to the top of The Snake and looked down at RNO and saw that there was nothing there (33 flights canceled yesterday), I was figuring it was a wasted trek -- but then, WHAMMO! These two came out of nowhere and blasted by so close above me I simply could not stay on them while simultaneously aiming overhead and spinning around 180 degrees from south to north as they went past. And it was windy up there even before they came by, but I swear I was pushed around by their jet blast within seconds after they went past.

Judging solely by the diamond shapes in the band along the top of the tail, these two are VMFA 323 "Death Rattlers."

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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
These two made my early AM hike up to the top of Rattlesnake Mtn totally worthwhile. There was nothing at the airport (KRNO), but the huffin' and puffin' climb was worth it. I've been at NAS Fallon (KNFL) many, many times when fighter sections are returning from training sorties there and never have I had them go ripping overhead past me as closely as these two did. FABULOUS!
Gavin Hughes
Fantastic and oh so lucky catch. Problem with these of course is that you get a one or two second noise warning - if you're lucky - so to grab them so close, so fast is a great effort. 'Death Rattlers', if correct, how appropriate being on that mountain.
Joe Wood
"Flying Paint" Great catch on such short notice.
Robert Oldershaw
Excellent shot.
David Seider
Gary...aaaand your judgment would be absolutely correct!
These Bugs are indeed from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323 "Death Rattlers", home-based at MCAS (it still feels WRONG to say that!) Miramar, a.k.a. in days of yore as "Fightertown USA".
The tail code of "NA" indicates that VMFA-323 is currently a part of Carrier Air Wing 17 and attached to USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), which was my seagoing home many, many years and half a lifetime ago.
Richard Davey
Those 2 aircraft are ours aren’t they?

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