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Updated: Navy Super Hornet Crashes in Persian Gulf, Crew Safely Recovered

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 211 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in March. A Super Hornet from the squadron crashed in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday. US Navy Photo

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Checkmates of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 211 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in March. A Super Hornet from the squadron crashed in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday. US Navy Photo

An U.S. Navy F/A-18 F Super Hornet has crashed in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday at about 9:30 A.M. EST, Navy official told USNI News this afternoon.

The crew onboard the two-person Boeing strike fighter ejected out of the aircraft and were safely recovered by crew aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), the service said.

“Initial reports indicate both are conscious and alert and without serious injury,” read a Navy statement.
“The crash was not a result of hostile activity.”

The more than $60 million fighter lost power shortly after takeoff from Roosevelt and while the sailors ejected the aircraft safely the plane has been declared a total loss, the service told USNI News.

In December, U.S. Air Force Capt. William Dubois, 30, was killed in an F-16 Fighting Falcon crash as part of OIR and Marine Cpl. Jordan Spears, 21, died after bailing out of a MV-22 Osprey that lost power taking off from USS Makin Island (LHD-8).

The crash is the first operational loss of of a Super Hornet since 2013 and the first Navy F-18 fighter lost since Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) began last year, according to press reports.

The Super Hornet was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 211 “Checkmates” (VFA 211) based in Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.

The squadron is attached to Carrier Air Wing One which is part of the Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and has been flying against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants since the strike group’s arrival to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) in April.

The Navy is investigating the cause of the crash.

Several Oceana-based fighters have been involved in crashes over the past three years. In January 2014, a Super Hornet from VFA-143 crashed in a mid-afternoon flight after the pilot ejected. The Navy’s investigation found the pilot lost “situational awareness regarding his altitude, airspeed and rate of descent, descending more than 9,220 feet in just 44 seconds.” The Navy called this a “preventable mishap” caused by a lack of “proficiency and experience,” and the jet was a total loss.

Just five months later, in June 2014, a Super Hornet pilot from VFA-81 was training off the coast of Southern California when the pilot ejected as he approached the carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and the jet crashed into the Pacific. In April 2013 a Super Hornet from VFA-103 crashed in the Persian Gulf while operating off USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). And in April 2012 two pilots ejected from a legacy Hornet after both engines failed. The plane crashed into a nearby apartment complex.

In September 2014, two Hornet pilots from West Coast units – VFA 94 and VFA 113 out of Naval Air Station Lemoore – crashed over the Pacific during training. One pilot was rescued, but Lt. Nathan Poloski from VFA-94 died in what the Navy called a tragic accident.

The following is the full statement from U.S. Navy 5th Fleet.

MANAMA, Bahrain – A U.S. Navy F/A-18 F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 211 (VFA 211) crashed at 1:30 p.m. (GMT), today, shortly after launching from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) operating in the Arabian Gulf.

The two personnel aboard the strike fighter ejected from the aircraft, survived the crash and were quickly recovered by search and rescue personnel from the ship. The recovered Naval Aviators are being evaluated by medical personnel aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt. Initial reports indicate both are conscious and alert, and without serious injury.

The crash was not a result of hostile activity.

Strike Fighter Squadron 211 is based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, and is assigned to Carrier Air Wing One. USS Theodore Roosevelt with its embarked carrier air wing is currently in the Fifth Fleet supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, conducting strike operations against ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

The Navy is investigating the cause of the crash.

  • Rogue Cheddar

    Complex machines breed complex problems, I thank God the pilots survived their hazardous duty.

    • Flyoverman

      Spot on my man!

    • Panga4saleCheap

      FOD

      • Rogue Cheddar

        You think it picked up something from the flight deck? Flight crews do walk over inspections before launching, but it is possible.

      • Fred Gould

        I would wait for the investigation, many possibilities.

  • cocoon

    At $60 million per, that’s a lot of “total losses” in non-combat activity.

    • GoldenRudy

      How much do the illegals cost the taxpayer per year?

    • Ctrot

      We spend that much on the welfare state every few seconds.

    • thebert

      If they were taking off to fly a combat sorte then it was a combat related loss.

    • MiltonSowell

      Yep. Turns out flying tactical aircraft on and off of ships is dangerous.

    • Realist

      There in no such thing as a “non-combat” launch off an aircraft carrier in my eyes.

      • roner

        training – 99% of the activity in the military – waiting for something to happen.

        • Realist

          I know what training is. Training for Naval aviators is doing touch and gos at Oceana. Once they are launching and recovering off a floating deck it is combat ops. Don’t care where or when it is. That’s the real deal.

  • Jim McCormack

    Stop calling pilots “sailors”. Being ex-Navy , I respect the term “sailor” but that is customarily used to identify the non-commissioned enlisted men. Pilots are “airdales”. Sea going aviators.

    • John Ansell

      Thank you for your service, Sir.

    • Realist

      Anyone in the Navy is a Sailor. Period. I’m a 21-year Chief and they are Sailors just like I am. Is an Army officer not a soldier? Is a Marine pilot not a Marine?

      • SOFx33

        22 years myself in the Army. I have some pals that are USN SEALS and they are never offended by being referred to as sailors. Other than derogatory references for some, they always refer to “naval aviators” as sailors as well. I guess it proves the point that once in the military every thing is a pissing contest 🙂

        • Howard M Ccomber

          LMFAO…..Good one. Semper Fi, Anchors Away, GO Army, Aim High.

          • Larry J

            That’s the problem with the Air Force, they aim high. You’ll get better results by aiming at the center of mass.
            Former Army Paratrooper and Air Force enlisted and officer.

          • Panga4saleCheap

            Aim High Olongapo!

          • takspyr

            The unaimed arrow never misses.

          • bowman

            Vode An

          • Scott Shannon

            Don’t forget Semper Paratus.

        • musiccitydawg

          I have two nephews in the Army, they call Navy guys “squids”.
          😉

          And as of last summer they now have a brother in law who is a SEAL. They do not call HIM a squid.

          • J. Moore

            Retired squid here… I resemble that remark. 🙂

          • JW

            Now that’s funny! Thanks for everyone’s service, from a former USAF Combat Support 1st LT (sometimes called “bus drivers” for our typical dark blue pants/light blue shirts and “bus driver” hats).

          • Sam Houston

            Better than a Coastie I suppose.

          • SamIamTwo

            The Shallow Water Warriors??

          • Sam Houston

            They do their part. Well, they used to till the Gestapo DHS took them over.

          • Rick Spoth

            My coastie buddy said The Baby Navy was the official slang.

          • Realist

            Smart nephews…

          • alnga

            I will bet not..

          • Panga4saleCheap

            You know what sound you hear when you throw feces into a fan (from behind) of course…ask a squid, he should know.

          • Steve Skubinna

            Anchor clanker is also perfectly acceptable.

        • unwittingly

          LOL

        • Realist

          Naval officers used to bristle at being called Sailors. Never understood why. Adm Boorda changed that in ’94 when he re-wrote the Creed, replaced Bluejacket with Sailor, and changed the name. One Navy-All Sailors. How it should be in my opinion.

          • J. Moore

            Boorda and Zumwalt were KING!!!

        • Cow Cookie

          Well, at least he didn’t label them “squids” =)

          • allah_speaking

            and I still glow in the dark 🙂

          • Cow Cookie

            Well, glowing in the dark makes it easier for target acquisition and tracking. (and wearing an ice cream suit in public doesn’t help hide a squid from glowing in the dark and giving away position to the MPs and SPs)

        • Mitchel Mills

          I was in the Army too, and we worked together sometimes with these guys, we’d call’em squids and they called us grunts

        • Buck O’Fama

          Roger that.

      • Obamasucks69

        Realist
        not me I was a Seabee….nothing sailor about it. we should have our own branch like the marines.

        • Realist

          I retired out of the Bees in Gulfport two years ago. Agree on the separate branch, but until that happens even Bees are Sailors. They recite the Sailor’s Creed and everything. Never understood why being called a “Sailor” was deemed as a lesser term by specialized groups of Navy ratings/designators.

          • Obamasucks69

            Back in navy boot camp in 79, as a Seabee nothing really pertained to us, was basically a waste of time……Oh yes Gulfport Ms how is it? haven’t seen it since 83..
            old NMCB1 alumni here..

        • BajaDreamer

          Gee, how do you guys get to all of those wonderful places where you have to build wonderful things under fire?
          Maybe a big ship takes you there much of the time…….sailor?

          • irtehLeGiOn

            I would assume a C130.

          • Bob Coco

            More like a LST, LHA, LSD. C-130 could carry one tractor, also where is it going to land, the SeaBees need to get their first to build the airfield

          • BajaDreamer

            You know what happens when you “assume”, yes?

            So since the Seabees are the ones who build the airstrips, how do they fly in on a C130 before said airstrip is built? Moreover, how did they get there before C130’s or any other aircraft large enough to handle heavy equipment was built?

            You might want to read up a little on the history of the Seabees.

          • Steve Skubinna

            Simple, they sit on the D-9s and get pushed out the back ramp by the loadmasters.

            My first ship was a gator, we carried SeaBees.

          • Obamasucks69

            No sarcastic dumb nut, it’s called an Air Plane ever hear of those….in 10 years of Seabee life I was never on a navy ship. we flew everywhere….

          • BajaDreamer

            See some of the other responses to your post swabbie. I’m not the only one who thinks you’re full of it on this. There is even a fellow Seabee here who didn’t agree with you.

      • Cyberats

        Is a Marine not a Navy soldier ?

        • TropicLightning

          aren’t the marines the navys’ dance partdners aboard ship? heard that once.

          • Scott Shannon

            Marines are a Department of the Navy. The Men’s Department.

          • David Eberhardt

            lol – good one!

          • TropicLightning

            lol. ok. Go Army, beat Navy.

        • Scott Shannon

          No

          • Cyberats

            So Mariner is not a Sailor ?

          • Steve Skubinna

            Nope. MSC has mariners.

            I also understand that the Army calls their watercraft operators mariners, because they’d rather eat broken glass than be called sailors.

          • Cyberats

            Hahaha, as ex-Army, yes.

        • Steve Skubinna

          They used to call themselves sea soldiers.

          Kipling wrote a whole poem on them – “Soldier and sailor, too.”

      • stoli5

        “Officers and men,” blah blah blah. They really eat that slop up at the USNA. What is a sea-going fighting man called? A sailor. Good grief.
        Oh, but in the Navy, we’re supposed to capitalize it, by instruction. So – “Sailor.” (Rolls eyes.)

      • David Eberhardt

        In the Army, we typically referred to the young troops as soldiers, as in “take care of your soldiers”. NCOs were referred to as NCOs and Officers as Officers. I never heard of an Officer or Warrant Officer referred to as a “soldier” but I suppose it is technically correct.

      • Bob Coco

        Correct! It’s that attitude that gets pilots killed on board ship. They gundeck DC and firefighting training, and wouldn’t know how to put a OBA on to save theirs or a shipmate’s life. Pilots are NOT sea going aviators, they are sailors who happen to fly planes. I did 30 yrs, 15 enlisted aviation (CPO) and 15 commissioned.

        • Steve Skubinna

          You have got to be old school. No more OBAs, they use SCBAs like the civilian fire fighters do.

    • thebert

      It sounds like you are one of those zeros who would’ve been a frag candidate

      • Jim McCormack

        I flew F2H Banshees off the old straight deck Wasp II. Hydrolic cats .During the Korean War.

        • Sam Houston

          Good old days of the Navy. Those days appear to be gone forever like the Battlewagons.

    • Tami Potirala

      Anyone on the flight deck is a airdale

    • Chainsaw McGerk

      Squids works for me….squid or rust-picker.

    • VillageViking

      According to the Democrats next Commander-in-Chief candidate…”What difference does it make?”

    • Sam Houston

      Hear ya loud and clear. I was an Airdale of the worse kind – a C-130 Loadmaster, total landlubber. Never stepped one foot on the deck of any Active ships. I had my 12 year Naval Career Obamacized before I could put to sea. Still, we are Shipmates and I salute you for your Service.

    • AJ

      Respectfully, I’ve got a friend who’s a retired naval aviator with many thousands of hours and always addresses me and others (pilot friends) as “sailors.” And we aren’t even Navy vets!

    • James Bailey

      Picky! . . .Picky! . . .Picky! . . . Picky!

    • Cyberats

      Seagulls ? ;-p

    • Wise up or be quiet

      Ex Navy too, but you are wrong,. airdales are anyone in a aviation field. Just like firemen are snipes etc..If you really want to be a nerd, they are Naval Aviators.

  • danhan1

    You have mislabeled the picture of the F18F as launching. It is in fact being recovered. There is no catapult and a lot of deck in the shot.

    • JimmyK

      If its being recovered it will be from the bottom of the sea – there is no arresting hook deployed in that photo.

    • ipgrunt

      tail hook isn’t down. could be doing touch and goes…

      • danhan1

        I think you’re right.

        • Roger

          It’s probably launching from the waist catapult and the picture is taken standing near the jet blast deflectors between the forward cats. That’s why you see the left forward cat track and you don’t see the tail hook down.

          • thebert

            Just another “Navy Pilot” boltering after another failed attempt at landing. Get a Marine, I mean Pilot, to land your aircraft.

          • MiltonSowell

            Lol. Marines have nowhere near the proficiency at the boat.

            Also, that’s not a bolter as the hook isn’t down. It’s a shot from the waist cat. Now go back to your coloring book.

          • Jim McCormack

            A file picture.

        • dimitri

          thanks dan…youre the reason why were prob loosing planes….joking

    • Realist

      If it was being recovered there would be a tailhook. It is in fact launching.

    • Ronald T. Beck

      I can see the steam from the catapult. Looks like a launch to me.

    • LukeJohn

      You don’t light the afterburners during recovery. No hook extended either.

      • roner

        Yes, they do, in case they miss the cable.

    • Lookin down from on high

      lookslike a touch and go to me also

  • YERMOM182

    Was it John McCain?

    • FuQ BHO

      I don’t know, but Brian Williams was there!

    • trampletheweakhurdlethedead

      McCain would have been sucked into the engine, or hit the side of the carrier.

      • Lookin down from on high

        McCain flew A-4’s in the 60-‘s. In combat. Against the strongest Anti-Air defense system the world has every seen before or since. I’m ok with digging on him for his political decisions, but I won’t dig on him for his service.

        • Rick Spoth

          Well Said

        • Chainsaw McGerk

          He wrecked two planes in training – something that would’ve gotten anyone whose father and grandfather weren’t admirals washed out after #1.

          He allowed himself to be used in NVA propaganda films.

          He never attempted escape nor aided others in doing so.

          He is NOT a war hero.

          He was a casualty, period.

          • Michael Rich

            Your blaming him for not trying to escape, actint as if that is just something you can just pull off, AND IF CAUGHT, KILLED. Yea ok…get the hell out of here.

          • Sam Houston

            Compare McCain with Retired Colonel Congressman Sam Johnson (Texas) who fought in Korean and Vietnam and spent a tad bit longer time at the Hanoi Hilton than McCain. Outside of having both been pilots, POWs at the Hanoi Hilton and having an (R) at the end of their names, they are diametrically opposed individuals. Colonel Sam cares more for this Nation and the Citizens that he Serves in Congress that he votes 100% accordingly – a true Conservative. McCain has proven himself to be a Progressive and crony capitalist. I know that Colonel Sam is a devout Christian because he is not afraid to let his Love for Christ, who sustained him for those 7 plus long years of near daily torture. With McCain, I have to wonder. He is a bit private it about it in a most PC way.

          • Realist

            I don’t condemn anyone for being religious – their choice and I respect it, but how does being a devout Christian make him more of a war hero than McCain? I served 21 years at sea, in Iraq and Afghanistan and I’m not religious at all. Does that make me a lesser veteran than if I was?

          • NYC DUDE

            Yes.

          • Realist

            I’d rather be a non-religious Veteran than a Christian, racist like you. I’m sure Jesus is proud of the garbage you spew on these comment boards. But, keep praying, I’m sure you will be welcomed in heaven with open arms.

          • Steve Anderson

            Follow just Jesus

          • Realist

            Um, no. Great part about being an American is having the ability to NOT follow anyone if I don’t want to. Thanks for playing though.

          • Sam Houston

            Please read again as I was not implying that Johnson is even a War Hero at all because of his Faith. Actually, I never said either of them are War Heroes. Just being captured and becoming a POW does not make you a war hero. My comparison of McCain is his religious outward appearance in his public life, from what I have seen of him from 2008, up to the present With Johnson, I said that he has no problem letting the “Folks” know that it was his Faith in Christ they allowed him to return home alive and unbroken. With McCain, he rarely demonstrates faith in anything but the corrupted DC machine. In these times of constant attack from all directions against Christianity and Christians, I put more trust in a man that does not bow out on his Faith. For me, I consider that a great attribute – TRUST.

            I Salute you Shipmate for your Service. I was 10,000 feet in the goo, inverted with one engine flamed out, flight controls unresponsive when I was hit by Obama Triple-A. I was a 12 year Airedale before they hit me with the crash axe.

            BTW, you don’t have to be religious to hold Belief and have Faith.

          • Realist

            This thread had devolved into diminishing McCain’s service because of his politics when you posted your comments, so naturally I figured you were including those thoughts in your post. I appreciate the explanation though and respect your opinion on this.

          • Sam Houston

            No worries. I never disparage anyone for their Service even if they do something later on that I don’t care for like John Kerry. Now if they lie about their Service like saying they were Special Forces or a Pilot when they were not. I detest liars at all levels but those that are dishonest about their Service erase any shred of respect they earned from me for their Service. McCain became corrupted and rotten sometime in his political career. I only became aware of him when A&E used my Squadron’s hangar at NAS New Orleans to film the cockpit scenes when he was shot down and the next day they used our Herc (C-130) to film his homecoming after being freed.

          • MiltonSowell

            What exactly have you ever done for the country? How many years did you spend in the Hanoi Hilton?

            I’m a military aviator, and I can assure you that even today people are generally not “washed out” after one accident. They certainly weren’t during the 60’s when the crash rates were astronomical compared to today.

            Anyone with any knowledge of the Code; anyone who has ever done anything to warrant going to SERE, would never be so disrespectful.

            Senator McCain refused parole numerous times. He held faith with his fellow POWs and the Code of Conduct. Disagree with his politics all you want; to disparage him or his service is utterly disgraceful.

          • realistic12

            I understand what you are saying, but his service is utterly extinguished because of his politics. He’s no different than Benedict Arnold. He too was a military hero before destroying it all. I am very familiar with SERE, Code of Conduct and all of it. His service doesn’t even come up in conversation, just his disloyal, dishonorable performance now. I’d go as far to say it wasn’t even him back then. Everyone does break in captivity, he just stayed broken and everything about him is fair game now.

          • MiltonSowell

            No, it isn’t.

            Do you actually know who Arnold was and what he did? Doesn’t seem like it. You’re comparing a General who actively fought for the enemy with a politician with whom you disagree. McCain served 23 years, earned a Silver Star, and remained a POW for FIVE YEARS after the NVA offered him early release because of who his father was. He spent five years of his life being tortured in order to keep faith with his comrades when he could have gone home.

            Again, attack his politics all you want; you are no one to disparage his service.

            You are “familiar” with SERE; when and where did you go? Unless you’ve been there you have no clue, and based on the nonsense you’re spouting I know without a doubt the closest you’ve been is a computer screen.

          • realistic12

            I am not disparaging his service you m0r0nic trailer trash. I am saying it doesn’t give him a pass to destroy the integrity of the country, and the office he holds. I don’t care what he did in the past if he’s assisting in destroying the country’s future dumaz. Don’t be the wimpy little internet tough guy pu$$y. You’re too stupid to even understand anything I said which is obvious since you are attacking me for voicing my opinion. Don’t worry about when and where I served 0ck $ucker, the real men with whom I served know me.

          • CommonCents

            exactly, and to boot, he has suffered from stockholm syndrome his entire life, throwing his party under the bus to cross the line and align w/ the opposite party for the sake of “bipartisanship”. He is still a ruined compromised man that belongs in a military mental institution.

        • Jim McCormack

          Spot on. Getting chased by SAM s is only for the very brave.

          • roner

            Or the very unlucky.

        • thebert

          McCain forgot to bring back four airplanes. Only one of them was shot down by enemy fire.

          Also, McCain graduated 895 out of 899 in his class at Annapolis. He wasn’t the brightest bulb in the chandelier.

          • billybob

            Yea, but maybe he had the most fun!

          • thebert

            Sparking an international incident over in Europe!

            Not many in the class of ’58 were impressed with McCain. But having an admiral as your father helps you to stay ahead of the God of 2.5.

        • mikehammer

          All the years as a POW are bound to have an effect on your political life. I hardly survived the three week Air Force basic survival course.

        • trampletheweakhurdlethedead

          His service? I’m sorry, but he is currently serving the country now as a Senator, and has stabbed us ALL in the back. The REASON he is continually re elected is because of this type of thought process. And his expertise as a pilot has always been in question.

  • alternet09

    In other news…..a US Army truck had a flat tire today. Preliminary reporting reveals the flat was not a result of hostile activity. The two soldiers were able to make field repairs and were reported safe and uninjured.

    • Rick Spoth

      What? Did your cartoon show go to commerical?

    • yvehc_telorvehc

      sounds like another benghazi-esque cover-up… obama’s probably on his way to the golf course right now.

  • Guy Fleegman1

    Obama built that fighter jet…just ask him

  • BSORaiderErie

    Our pilots flying time today is what the USSR hours were during the Cold War which is about 1/3 of what our pilots used to fly and train. Throw in the “green” fuel which could be another possible reason so many aircraft and helicopters are crashing under this President.
    God Bless America!

    • Chainsaw McGerk

      IDF pilots log about 3-4 times the hours that U.S. Air Farce pilots do…and, they log them in “upgraded” F-16s that exceed USAF specs.

      • BSORaiderErie

        I do not doubt it one bit and it is embarrassing because without authentic training the machine is not well oiled. I just pray this Nation can hang in there until the next President takes office.
        God Bless America!

        • Chainsaw McGerk

          Obama put a little girl who doesn’t even fly in charge of all US Air Farce pacific operations! HA!!!

          • BSORaiderErie

            This absolutely does not surprise me at all and I have worried about ObamaTheTurd’s PURGES from day 1. Most of the good to very good Generals and I’m sure Admirals too have retired or have put their papers in to retire.
            God Bless America!

        • Steve Anderson

          I never thought it as a dream God Bless America

  • Chainsaw McGerk

    The Naveee!
    Obama’s Naveee is busy removing all the urinals from its “warships” so that the “men” will have to pee sitting down, just like the “female and transgendered sailors” must do.
    Transgendered & female sailors! Good one!!
    LEAN FORWARD

    • Dave

      How about a nice hot cup of shut the f*ck up?

  • Cheryl Ohler Ruiz

    We have had so many more aircraft crashed with this obuma administration-fishy huh?????

  • harshcritic1967

    You just KNOW that somewhere down the line….some Obama decision in terms of cuts helped this to happen.

  • harshcritic1967

    The plane was probably being maintained by some transgender who was busy playing with it’s genitals instead of working on the jet.

  • Chainsaw McGerk

    Do we still refer to today’s largely female and transgendered sailor cadre as “squids” and “rust-pickers”?
    Do they even pick rust any more, or is that left up to private contractors??

  • HistoryX

    a total loss for who?
    So does that mean the wreckage if any will be recovered or was this a donation/drop of weapons and technology to the so called enemy or to our Saudi masters?

  • Michael Rich

    Fuck off

  • J. Painter

    This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we’ll be lucky to live through it.

    • yvehc_telorvehc

      well, i don’t care for him wearing the uniform…

    • Realist

      Russians don’t take a dump without a plan.

      • CommonCents

        tough to do 5 yrs out.

  • diomedeshermes

    nice, how much did this cost us?

    • Realist

      216,885,347 taxpayers divided by $60,000,000 for the jet is $3.16. Add in your share of the fuel cost and it cost you about $3.25.

      • FuQ BHO

        Actually the math goes the other way: $60M divided by 216,885,347 equals $0.28 per taxpayer.

        216,885,347 taxpayers multiplied by $3.16 equals $685,357,697

        Just sayin

        • Realist

          Damn, stupid math. Been a long day.

      • diomedeshermes

        i forgot to say please no autistic responses

  • yvehc_telorvehc

    nice going, obama… happy now?!

  • Samadhi

    is Obama giving Iran more of our technology like he did the stealth drone?

  • RightPassage

    maybe the money being used to train troops on how to wage war on the american people could have been better spent somewhere else.

  • 57343598876687

    America’s military is being set up for failure.

  • roughman

    Cause: No thrust. No lift. Fall down.

    Can I have my fee now?

  • stinkin

    PILOTS have been complaining about the Hornet since inception. It is a great craft but it has a bug…

  • IT’s good they’re well trained, ejected and recovered from the sea without serious injury.

  • Morris Steen

    Retired 06 naval aviator. Never offended by being called a sailor!

    • Realist

      Nor should you be sir.

      • Morris Steen

        My father was a retired army 1st Sgt / Master Sgt / para trooper, & my father-in-law was a retired navy CPO w/24 years of sea duty. Both WWII guys. They did the hard things!

  • claymore cluepile

    how can a 60 million airplane just fall off the end of a catapult into the water…..

  • caligula

    glad everyone is ok.

  • Blackjack6

    Thank God, Drudge made it sound like it was shot down by Iranians,

  • Cyberats

    It went “Boeing !” but I don’t think the aircraft can swim…

  • Maxim Gorky 1

    $60 million dollars…Poof, gone. In real numbers that’s $600 Million for the life of the

    aircraft. Cut the military by 70%, the country is bankrupt and cannot afford this

    endless military folly. You cannot beat the Chinese or Russians anyway, so why fool yourself that you can?

    • Banana_Justice

      “Cut the military by 70%” like the way we withdrew from Iraq and all our hard earned progress turned to shti.

      • Maxim Gorky 1

        Reality check for dummies…

        If you didn’t have this fat bloated wealth destroying military…

        You couldn’t invade Iraq. NO wars, no Weapons of mass destruction lies! That was easy! Cut the military 70%, you will have to do it anyway.

        • Banana_Justice

          “you will have to do it anyway” That’s a prediction on not being able to afford it because of the way 0bozo and the democRAT party have scrooed our economy.

          • Maxim Gorky 1

            The economic and monetary collapse is coming.

            When it happens all the troops are coming home and will be discharged, the military just a tiny fraction of what it once was.

            You can do it now and save the money, or you can do it later.
            Either way the US military is going away forever.

          • Banana_Justice

            You must work for Jimmy peanutboy Carter.

          • Maxim Gorky 1

            I live in the world of reality, not right wing delusions, creating reality and making things up.

            Carter kept the country out of war.

            A greater accomplishment than Bush. I could get a monkey to start a war. Bush started TWO and lost both of them.

          • Banana_Justice

            And Carter screwed the economy, just like 0bozo.

          • Maxim Gorky 1

            Please explain in detail how Carter “screwed the economy.””

            That’s news to me.

            Inquiring minds want to know and learn from those with greater knowledge.

            I’m willing to listen and learn…take it away!

          • Banana_Justice

            You’re quite aware how Carter screwed the economy. But being a democRAT like him, you lie for your political party which is actually a terrorist organization.

          • Maxim Gorky 1

            “””You’re quite aware how Carter screwed the economy.”””

            No, I am not. That’s why I am asking you to tell us how that happened and we can all learn from your vast storehouse of knowledge.

            Take it away, I’m listening and willing to learn…

          • Banana_Justice

            Drink some more 0bozo winger koolaid.

          • Maxim Gorky 1

            “”Drink some more 0bozo winger koolaid.””

            Code words for “”I really don’t know anything but spout off like I do and when called on it hurl some ad hominem attacks.””

            Thanks for posting and knowing nothing.

          • Banana_Justice

            Please continue being one of 0bozo’s wingers. Great job so far.

    • Bob Coco

      More money has been spent on the war on poverty than all the US wars combined since the Revolutionary war. Poverty level before 12%, poverty level after billions and billions, 15%. Now THERE is a waste of money. Not to mention our constitutions specifically allows spending on national defense. I looked for Midnite basketball in the constitution but couldn’t find it.

  • Banana_Justice

    They still need to destroy anything that was on board that could be of any value to the allies of the democrat party that would like to use those items or information against us.

  • Caius Keys

    Another Obama foreign policy victory!

  • alalh_speaking

    Hey, when was the last time the US actually won a war?

    • Banana_Justice

      Not since prior to 0bozo beginning his occupation of our White House.

      • Maxim Gorky 1

        Ya,
        Since…

        Korea,
        Vietnam,
        Iraq,
        Afghanistan.

        All losing Obama wars! You are goofy.

        • Banana_Justice

          Iraq & Afghanistan were lost by 0bozo.

          • Maxim Gorky 1

            Iraq and Afghanistan were lost before the first shot was fired.

            When did Bush “”WIN”” the wars so Obama could lose them?

            Time, place, date of Bush victories in Iraq and Afghanistan.

            Inquiring minds want to know!

          • Banana_Justice

            Hey numbnùts, the military on military wars in both Iraq & Afghanistan were quickly won by Bush. The insurgency wars were being beat down successfully until 0bozo cut and ran.

          • Maxim Gorky 1

            Ok…”””wars in both Iraq & Afghanistan were quickly won by Bush.”””

            One more time….Time, place, date of Bush victories in Iraq and Afghanistan.

            Can’t give them to me? Then they never happened.

            You didn’t “win” anything. You are having those right wing delusions again. It’s a republican form of mental illness.

          • Banana_Justice

            That’s the problem with you winger democRATs, you’ve drank so much of the winger koolaid that you will happily believe anything the scumocrat party tells you.

          • Maxim Gorky 1

            History will tell you when you won the Iraq war.

            Google is your friend, go look it up.

            Can’t find it? It’s not there?

            Then you didn’t win anything, YOU LOST!

            Bush’s fault, republicans fault. Another humiliating loss for the SUPERPOWER!

          • Banana_Justice

            And it’s true because a winger scumocrat said it was. As I said, go drink some more koolaid.

          • Maxim Gorky 1

            So you cannot tell me when you “WON” the wars because you didn’t, YOU LOST.

            Bush set the date for withdrawal from Iraq without Victory.

            He started the wars, HE LOST THEM!

          • Banana_Justice

            You’ll probably always be this stupid.

          • Maxim Gorky 1

            You haven’t proven me stupid, in fact you have proven just the opposite…

            You are a big right wing know nothing dummy parroting all the nonsense your mind controllers have programmed you to repeat.

            Polly want a cracker?

          • Banana_Justice

            You’ve proven yourself stupid.

  • Xanadu2

    This is not a unusual event, given historical accident records for combat aircraft, but the cost per aircraft..$60 mil per copy is obscene! In WWII the cost of a new Mustang was 25k, and and new B17 125k. No time/cost inflation can justify this gross inflation of price per unit. With the Chinese and Russians, and all the other despot wanna be’s bulking up, we need to be bulking up with not only quality but quantity. This cannot be accomplished with massively overpriced materiel.

    • 0 budget

      The F35 will fix that.

  • mikehammer

    I was an Air Force Pilot. I do not recall anyone calling me an Airman. Of course I don’t know what the rest of the troops called pilots. PS I hate the new Air Force Logo. It looks like the youngest service is still looking for its identity.

  • Panga4saleCheap

    A mech will fry. 60 million down the drain…someone, along the chain of maintenance personnel for this plane will fry.

  • Pepelaphew

    Listen up, ladies: It is time to drop the hammer. This time from an “Airman.” You can yak all ya want, it won’t change nuttin. Nuttin! Have a coupela beers, and chill out.
    Unless, of course, if you got nuttin’ else to do. If so, just, grab a brush and some paint and get your sorry a$$es back to work. C-ya at the chow line.
    (Signed)
    Sarg.
    “Chief” to the “Swabbies!
    -0-

  • Jason

    Most likely faulty Chinese parts.

  • Jose Ortega

    These F-18 crashes should be expected especially when the engines are rebuilt in Pakistan.

  • Jljlmjlmn_Prprsprst

    “Anti-racists” say there’s a RACE problem. They say it’ll be solved when non-Whites pour into ALL & ONLY White nations and “assimilate” to get a brown mixture.

    They say only White nations have this RACE problem; they say non-White nations are fine.

    If I object to my own genocide these “anti-racists” say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they’re anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

    • Jewel Kirby

      I’LL BREED WITH SOME BROWNIES…BUT THATS IT…THEY HAVE TO LEAVE WHEN IM DONE

  • Jewel Kirby

    HAHAHAHA AMERICAS “FINEST” FIGHTING FOR “””OUR FREEDOM””””” LMAO

  • Jewel Kirby

    IM THINKIN ISIS SHOT IT DOWN

  • Jewel Kirby

    ONE NAME RELEASED WAS TASHANELL KAREEM

  • Banana_Justice

    You are a democRAT!

  • Rogue Cheddar

    I don’t know what your major malfunction is, but I bet it’s hard to pronounce.

    • SFCGator

      Pay no attention and do not feed. LI Nonsense is a liberal, poser, troll.

      • Rogue Cheddar

        I suspected as much, especially when I saw that his profile was locked. Even the troll that upvoted him has a locked profile. Profiles in courage, not so much.

  • Banana_Justice

    You sound so much like L.B.J.’s racist quotes.

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  • Sigint

    Ro quote James Bond responding to “Q”: “you’d be surprised how much wear and tear things take out in the field”.

  • Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha

    Super hornet’s female pilot “am I to push the gear front to go up?” Co pilot “no no pull it back!!” spaced out female pilot “you mean push it front?okay. oh oh ooop”. Co pilot “@#30@”

    • Banana_Justice

      You are a democRAT!

      • Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha

        You are a “banana liberal”

  • Victor Cachat

    Maybe it was filled with some of that ridiculously expensive “Green” fuel the Military is being forced to use.

  • Eddie Casares

    it is a coverup. You need 10,000 hours of flight training to fly one. Losing situaltional awareness is like saying the driver of the bus lost consciousness while driving. Diving 2 miles down is called a jet out of control and not responding to commands. that pilots career is over. he must have complained about the loss of controls.

  • David Eberhardt

    Losing control or situational awareness in a fighter jet is infrequent but considering the nature of the beast, I wouldn’t be too critical. Take a look at how many times civilians lose an airplane and it’s usually for really dumb stuff that could be easily avoided. Compared to everyone else, our military pilots are really damn good.

  • Jewel Kirby

    DAT WOULDA BOUGHT LOTS OF OBAMA FONE MINUTES

  • boobtuber06 .

    Could it be the “wing drop” problem emerging again?

  • Xanadu2

    This is not a unusual event, given historical accident records for combat aircraft, but the cost per aircraft..$60 mil per copy is obscene! In WWII the cost of a new Mustang was 25k, and and new B17 125k. No time/cost inflation can justify this gross inflation of price per unit. With the Chinese and Russians, and all the other despot wanna be’s bulking up, we need to be bulking up with not only quality but quantity. This cannot be accomplished with massively overpriced materiel.//

    • Michael Rich

      Back then a combat aircraft was driven by a piston engine and carried machine guns. We now use sophisticated jet engines, avionics, missiles, etc. Also, you talk about quantity, yet we have the biggest Air Force in the world, followed by our Naval Aviation.

  • EEDDGGY1776

    Obama and his pathetic “wife” celebrate America losses.

    • WatIsWrongWithYou

      This is false.

  • Scott Farkas

    Hand salute to all you grunts, jar heads, devil dogs, green machines, fly boys, jet jockeys, ground pounders, swabbies, front liners and REMFS, pencil pushers, red blooded AMERICAN SOLDIER WHO EVER WORE THE UNIFORM, LIVED YOUR OATH, AND HONORED OUR FLAG. I give you respect and a hand salute. God bless each and every one of you. Carry on and get out of my LZ!!!

  • Dennis Johnson

    Yep, sometimes planes quit flying…..glad the crew is OK

  • “No one knows if this Jesus Christ existed, and if he did, NOTHING is known about him!” “WHY I AM NOT A CHRISTIAN” Bertrand Russell 1928

  • Casey Klahn

    In this environment it’s hard to lose an aircraft like that. It would be incalculably worse to lose the crew! My prayers out to the navy in this op. While I’m at it, I cannot resist the obvious: the CIC needs to order a retaking of that vessel the Iranians spirited away, and perhaps a sinking or two would be in order. Otherwise, our presence there is useless.

  • Xanadu2

    This is not a unusual event, given historical accident records for combat aircraft, but the cost per aircraft..$60 mil per copy is obscene! In WWII the cost of a new Mustang was 25k, and and new B17 125k. No time/cost inflation can justify this gross inflation of price per unit. With the Chinese and Russians, and all the other despot wanna be’s bulking up, we need to be bulking up with not only quality but quantity. This cannot be accomplished with massively overpriced materiel.//..

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