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Tophatters participate in Alaskan exercise.

The Tophatters of VFA-14, above, completed a detachment to Anchorage, Alaska. Seven VFA-14 Super Hornets had left NAS Lemoore, Calif., following two Air Force KC-135s on the five-hour flight to the land of the midnight sun. The missions flown included an assortment of dissimilar aircraft training, simulated air-to-ground attacks and participation in large strike packages with Air Force assets. The USAF F-15 Eagles were outfitted with the APG-63(V)2 Active Electronic Scanned Array, Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System and high off-boresight A1M-9X missiles. The Tophatter's Super Hornets, with no external tanks or pylons, each bagged many F-15s. In four days of flying, the Tophatters were able to simulate air-to-ground attacks and complete 45 sorties, amassing 110 flight hours with no sorties missed.

By Lt. Erick Kammeyer, VFA-14 PAO
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Author:Kammeyer, Erick
Publication:Naval Aviation News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2004
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