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Schools Command has a new showbird.

The Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC) replaced the A-6 Intruder that has graced its front lawn for the past six years with a newly retired F/A-18 Hornet from VFA-203. According to CO Capt. A. J. Gallardo, Jr., the aircraft was changed to update the appearance of the school facility and to keep the incoming Naval Aviators motivated throughout their initial phase of pipeline training.

NAS Lemoore, Calif.-based VFA-14 Tophatters AM3 Justin Asprer and AM1s Jamie Murillo and Sergio Montoya transformed the aircraft from a tactical color scheme to its current appearance, above. The Tophatter crew, with the help of NASC and Naval Air Technical Training Center student volunteers, gave the retired F/A-18 an entirely new look in seven days.

The newly painted Hornet is on display in front of Building 633 at NAS Pensacola, Fla.

Story and Photo by Lt. Karen Eifert
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Author:Eifert, Karen
Publication:Naval Aviation News
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2004
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