Video: Super Hornets Launch Ahead of ISIL Strikes

The Navy has released its latest round of video of F/A-18 Super Hornets launching from a U.S. carrier on missions to strike Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant militant targets. The Super Hornets are launching from the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier operating in the Persian Gulf.

Navy Super Hornets and Air Force MQ-1 Predators have run multiple strike missions to take out ISIL positions and weaponry since President Obama authorized military strikes in Iraq to support humanitarian mission and protect U.S. personnel and interests.

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  • Dfens

    I hope all of our guys flying these missions make it back home safely.

    • They will, we haven’t been loosing much planes if any.

  • sam

    They sure weren’t loaded with much ordinance.

    Looks like Obama running things like LBJ did :(

  • Ben

    Uggh. So much waste.

    “… Now the US has to use American weaponry to destroy the American weaponry it gave Iraqis to make Iraqis safer, in order to make Iraqis safer.”

  • Lance

    The only real good job for the Hornet is to strike at ground targets. Against the ISIS terrorist who lack all air defenses they do a good job.

  • Thijs

    Looking at the intake, aren’t those regular Hornets?

    • SirSapo

      Some were regular and some were Supers, the camera kept cutting back and forth between them.

      • Dfens

        Like in movies where someone will take off in an L-1011, cruise in a 757, and land in a 747. I guess they think we can’t count the number of engines.

  • L

    Older Hornets have short legs, a Super H
    Is far deadlier to air or ground targets.
    An ex Mcd grunt speaks.

  • Dfens

    They are doing God’s work. Even the Pope seems to be weighing in on that fact, if somewhat reluctantly, although even at that the Catholics seem to be a lot more vocal about the situation than any of the Protestant churches. But what the hell, there are Christians being slaughtered in Egypt, Somalia, Syria, all through the middle east. All funded by Saudi Arabia and the rest of the oil rich states around them. My own church wants to send bibles to Somalia!

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