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Photographs of President Richard Nixon Greeting the Apollo 11 Astronauts on the USS Hornet

Photographs of President Richard Nixon Greeting the Apollo 11 Astronauts on the USS Hornet

Mcdonnell douglas f a 18 hornet.

Mcdonnell douglas f a 18 hornet.

Blue angels f-18 hornet.

Blue angels f-18 hornet.

Blue angels f-18 hornet.

Blue angels f-18 hornet.

Hornet f a 18 c aircraft carrier.

Hornet f a 18 c aircraft carrier.

Air show blue angels formation.

Air show blue angels formation.

Mcdonnell douglas f a 18 hornet.

Mcdonnell douglas f a 18 hornet.

Navy blue angels flying aircraft.

Navy blue angels flying aircraft.

Blue angels f-18 hornet.

Blue angels f-18 hornet.

Jet aircraft landing.

Jet aircraft landing.

Blue angels jets f-18.

Blue angels jets f-18.

Hornet f a 18 aircraft carrier.

Hornet f a 18 aircraft carrier.

Military jet refueling inflight.

Military jet refueling inflight.

Air show pyrotechnics military jet f-18.

Air show pyrotechnics military jet f-18.

Blue angels jets f-18.

Blue angels jets f-18.

Blue angels jets f-18.

Blue angels jets f-18.

Hornet stone plant, nature landscapes.

Hornet stone plant, nature landscapes.

Sailors signal to launch jet aircraft carrier.

Sailors signal to launch jet aircraft carrier.

Air show flames pyrotechnics airplane.

Air show flames pyrotechnics airplane.

Blue angels f-18 hornet.

Blue angels f-18 hornet.

Aircraft military aircraft launching flight deck.

Aircraft military aircraft launching flight deck.

Blue angels aircraft flight.

Blue angels aircraft flight.

Aircraft military aircraft launching flight deck.

Aircraft military aircraft launching flight deck.

Blue angels navy flight demonstration squadron.

Blue angels navy flight demonstration squadron.

Jet military silhouette.

Jet military silhouette.

Blue angels f-18 hornet.

Blue angels f-18 hornet.

Navy blue angels airshow aircraft.

Navy blue angels airshow aircraft.

Jet aircraft landing.

Jet aircraft landing.

Hornet sinking the Peacock

Hornet sinking the Peacock

Hornet Hill Cut, Central Pacific Railroad near Gold Run

Hornet Hill Cut, Central Pacific Railroad near Gold Run

The celebrated trotting mare Lucille Golddust, driven by Chas. S. Green: by Golddust, dam by Bald Hornet - record 2:16 1/4

The celebrated trotting mare Lucille Golddust, driven by Chas. S. Green: by Golddust, dam by Bald Hornet - record 2:16 1/4

Hornet

Hornet

Hornet

Hornet

Hornet, Eugene - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Twenty-second Infantry, Hi - Me - Louisiana

Hornet, Eugene - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Twenty-second Infantry, Hi - Me - Louisiana

Seamen's Bank for Savings, 74 Wall St., New York City. Sailing tickets for "Hornet" and "Flying Cloud"

Seamen's Bank for Savings, 74 Wall St., New York City. Sailing tickets for "Hornet" and "Flying Cloud"

CVA 12 Hornet

CVA 12 Hornet

CVA 12 Hornet

CVA 12 Hornet

CVA 12 Hornet

CVA 12 Hornet

CVA 12 Hornet

CVA 12 Hornet

CVA 12 Hornet

CVA 12 Hornet

CVA 12 Hornet

CVA 12 Hornet

JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, HOUSTON, TEXAS -- Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the Moon July 20, 1969, and, after take-off from the Moon July 21, joined Collins in the Command Module circling the Moon. The astronauts splashed down in the Pacific Ocean and recovery was made by the U.S.S. Hornet at 12:50 p.m. EDT, July 24, 1969. KSC-as11-40-5877

JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, HOUSTON, TEXAS -- Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the Moon July 20, 1969, and, after take-off from the Moon July 21, joined Collins in the Command Module circling the Moon.  The astronauts splashed down in the Pacific Ocean and recovery was made by the U.S.S. Hornet at 12:50 p.m. EDT, July 24, 1969. KSC-as11-40-5877

President Nixon - Welcome - Apollo XI Astronauts - USS Hornet

President Nixon - Welcome - Apollo XI Astronauts - USS Hornet

The Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar mission, launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida via the Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. The Saturn V vehicle was developed by the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) under the direction of Dr. Wernher von Braun. Aboard were Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, Command Module (CM) pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module (LM) pilot. The CM, piloted by Michael Collins remained in a parking orbit around the Moon while the LM, named “Eagle’’, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, landed on the Moon. Armstrong was the first human to ever stand on the lunar surface, followed by Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin. During 2½ hours of surface exploration, the crew collected 47 pounds of lunar surface material for analysis back on Earth. The recovery operation took place in the Pacific Ocean where Navy para-rescue men recovered the capsule housing the 3-man Apollo 11 crew. The crew was airlifted to safety aboard the U.S.S. Hornet, where they were quartered in a Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF). Here the quarantined Apollo 11 crew members (l to r) Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin, and U.S. President Richard Milhous Nixon share laughs over a comment made by fellow astronaut Frank Borman, Apollo 8 commander. The president was aboard the recovery vessel awaiting return of the astronauts. With the success of Apollo 11, the national objective to land men on the Moon and return them safely to Earth had been accomplished. n/a

The Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar mission, launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida via the Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. The Saturn V vehicle was developed by the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) under the direction of Dr. Wernher von Braun. Aboard were Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, Command Module (CM) pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module (LM) pilot. The CM, piloted by Michael Collins remained in a parking orbit around the Moon while the LM, named “Eagle’’, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, landed on the Moon. Armstrong was the first human to ever stand on the lunar surface, followed by Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin.  During 2½ hours of surface exploration, the crew collected 47 pounds of lunar surface material for analysis back on Earth. The recovery operation took place in the Pacific Ocean where Navy para-rescue men recovered the capsule housing the 3-man Apollo 11 crew. The crew was airlifted to safety aboard the U.S.S. Hornet, where they were quartered in a Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF). Here the quarantined Apollo 11 crew members (l to r) Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin, and U.S. President Richard Milhous Nixon share laughs over a comment made by fellow astronaut Frank Borman, Apollo 8 commander. The president was aboard the recovery vessel awaiting return of the astronauts. With the success of Apollo 11, the national objective to land men on the Moon and return them safely to Earth had been accomplished. n/a

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Apollo 11 astronauts, left to right, Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. share jokes with well-wishers on the other side of the window of their Mobile Quarantine Facility aboard the USS Hornet. The astronauts splashed down at 12:50 p.m. EDT at the completion of their historical eight-day first manned lunar landing. KSC-69PC-429

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Apollo 11 astronauts, left to right, Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. share jokes with well-wishers on the other side of the window of their Mobile Quarantine Facility aboard the USS Hornet.  The astronauts splashed down at 12:50 p.m. EDT at the completion of their historical eight-day first manned lunar landing. KSC-69PC-429

Apollo 11 crewmen arrive aboard U.S.S. Hornet during recovery operation

Apollo 11 crewmen arrive aboard U.S.S. Hornet during recovery operation

Apollo 11 spacecraft Command Module hoisted aboard U.S.S. Hornet

Apollo 11 spacecraft Command Module hoisted aboard U.S.S. Hornet

President Nixon on deck of U.S.S. Hornet awaiting Apollo 11 crew arrival

President Nixon on deck of U.S.S. Hornet awaiting Apollo 11 crew arrival

Apollo XI Command Module (CM) - Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) - U.S.S. Hornet

Apollo XI Command Module (CM) - Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) - U.S.S. Hornet

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Apollo 11 astronauts, left to right, Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., inside the Mobile Quarantine Facility aboard the USS Hornet, listen to President Richard M. Nixon as he welcomes them back to Earth and for a job well done. The astronauts, after their first manned mission to the Moon, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:50 p.m. EDT about 900 miles southwest of Hawaii. KSC-69P-658

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  The Apollo 11 astronauts, left to right, Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., inside the Mobile Quarantine Facility aboard the USS Hornet, listen to President Richard M. Nixon as he welcomes them back to Earth and for a job well done.  The astronauts, after their first manned mission to the Moon, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:50 p.m. EDT about 900 miles southwest of Hawaii. KSC-69P-658

The Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar mission, launched aboard the Saturn V launch vehicle from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on July 16, 1969 and safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. Aboard were astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, Command Module (CM) pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module (LM) pilot. The CM, piloted by Michael Collins, remained in a parking orbit around the Moon while the LM, named “Eagle’’, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, landed on the Moon. Armstrong was the first human to ever stand on the lunar surface, followed by Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin. The surface exploration was concluded in 2½ hours. Once the crew collected 47 pounds of lunar surface material for analysis back on Earth, the LM redocked with the CM for the crew’s return to Earth. Following splash down in the Pacific Ocean, Navy para-rescue men recovered the capsule housing the 3-man crew. The crew was airlifted to safety aboard the U.S.S. Hornet, where they were quartered in a Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF). Astronaut Collins took this snapshot of astronauts Armstrong (center) and Aldrin inside of the MQF. n/a

The Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar mission, launched aboard the Saturn V launch vehicle from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on July 16, 1969 and safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. Aboard were astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, Command Module (CM) pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module (LM) pilot. The CM, piloted by Michael Collins, remained in a parking orbit around the Moon while the LM, named “Eagle’’, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, landed on the Moon. Armstrong was the first human to ever stand on the lunar surface, followed by Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin. The surface exploration was concluded in 2½ hours. Once the crew collected 47 pounds of lunar surface material for analysis back on Earth, the LM redocked with the CM for the crew’s return to Earth. Following splash down in the Pacific Ocean, Navy para-rescue men recovered the capsule housing the 3-man crew. The crew was airlifted to safety aboard the U.S.S. Hornet, where they were quartered in a Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF). Astronaut Collins took this snapshot of astronauts Armstrong (center) and Aldrin inside of the MQF. n/a

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Within the Mobile Quarantine Facility, Apollo 11 astronauts (left to right) Michael Collins, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. and Neil A. Armstrong relax following their successful lunar landing mission. They spent two-and-one-half days in the quarantine trailer enroute from the USS Hornet, prime recovery ship, to the Lunar Receiving Laboratory at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. The Hornet docked at Pearl Harbor where the trailer was transferred to a jet aircraft for the flight to Houston. KSC-69PC-484

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Within the Mobile Quarantine Facility, Apollo 11 astronauts (left to right) Michael Collins, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. and Neil A. Armstrong relax following their successful lunar landing mission.  They spent two-and-one-half days in the quarantine trailer enroute from the USS Hornet, prime recovery ship, to the Lunar Receiving Laboratory at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston.  The Hornet docked at Pearl Harbor where the trailer was transferred to a jet aircraft for the flight to Houston. KSC-69PC-484

Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn Apollo Program

The Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar mission, launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida via the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. Aboard the space craft were astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, Command Module (CM) pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module (LM) pilot. The CM, piloted by Michael Collins remained in a parking orbit around the Moon while the LM, named “Eagle’’, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, landed on the Moon. During 2½ hours of surface exploration, the crew collected 47 pounds of lunar surface material for analysis back on Earth. The recovery operation took place in the Pacific Ocean where Navy para-rescue men recovered the capsule housing the 3-man Apollo 11 crew. The crew was airlifted to safety aboard the U.S.S. Hornet recovery ship, where they were quartered in a Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) which served as their home for 21 days. In this photo taken at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the quarantined housing facility is being lowered from the U.S.S. Hornet, onto a trailer for transport to Hickam Field. From there, it was loaded aboard an Air Force C-141 jet and flown back to Ellington Air Force Base Texas, and then on to the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) Lunar Receiving Laboratory in Houston, Texas. n/a

The Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar mission, launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida via the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. Aboard the space craft were astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, Command Module (CM) pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module (LM) pilot. The CM, piloted by Michael Collins remained in a parking orbit around the Moon while the LM, named “Eagle’’, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, landed on the Moon. During 2½ hours of surface exploration, the crew collected 47 pounds of lunar surface material for analysis back on Earth. The recovery operation took place in the Pacific Ocean where Navy para-rescue men recovered the capsule housing the 3-man Apollo 11 crew. The crew was airlifted to safety aboard the U.S.S. Hornet recovery ship, where they were quartered in a Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) which served as their home for 21 days. In this photo taken at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the quarantined housing facility is being lowered from the U.S.S. Hornet, onto a trailer for transport to Hickam Field. From there, it was loaded aboard an Air Force C-141 jet and flown back to Ellington Air Force Base Texas, and then on to the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) Lunar Receiving Laboratory in Houston, Texas. n/a

The Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar mission, launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida via the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. Aboard the space craft were astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, Command Module (CM) pilot; and Edwin E. (Buzz) Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module (LM) pilot. The CM, piloted by Michael Collins remained in a parking orbit around the Moon while the LM, named “Eagle’’, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, landed on the Moon. During 2½ hours of surface exploration, the crew collected 47 pounds of lunar surface material for analysis back on Earth. The recovery operation took place in the Pacific Ocean where Navy para-rescue men recovered the capsule housing the 3-man Apollo 11 crew. The crew was airlifted to safety aboard the U.S.S. Hornet, where they were quartered in a Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) which served as their home until they reached the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) Lunar Receiving Laboratory in Houston, Texas. On arrival at Ellington Air Force base near the MSC, the crew, still under a 21 day quarantine in the MQF, were greeted by their wives. Pictured here is Joan Aldrin, wife of Buzz Aldrin, speaking with her husband via telephone patch. n/a

The Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar mission, launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida via the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. Aboard the space craft were astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, Command Module (CM) pilot; and Edwin E. (Buzz) Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module (LM) pilot. The CM, piloted by Michael Collins remained in a parking orbit around the Moon while the LM, named “Eagle’’, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, landed on the Moon. During 2½ hours of surface exploration, the crew collected 47 pounds of lunar surface material for analysis back on Earth. The recovery operation took place in the Pacific Ocean where Navy para-rescue men recovered the capsule housing the 3-man Apollo 11 crew. The crew was airlifted to safety aboard the U.S.S. Hornet, where they were quartered in a Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) which served as their home until they reached the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) Lunar Receiving Laboratory in Houston, Texas. On arrival at Ellington Air Force base near the MSC, the crew, still under a 21 day quarantine in the MQF, were greeted by their wives. Pictured here is Joan Aldrin, wife of Buzz Aldrin, speaking with her husband via telephone patch. n/a

U.S.S. Hornet crewmen greeted by crew of Apollo 12 lunar landing mission

U.S.S. Hornet crewmen greeted by crew of Apollo 12 lunar landing mission

APOLLO XII CREW - WELCOME - USS HORNET - REAR ADMIRAL DONALD DAVID

APOLLO XII CREW  - WELCOME - USS HORNET - REAR ADMIRAL DONALD DAVID

U.S.S. Hornet moves toward the Apollo 12 Command Module to retrieve it

U.S.S. Hornet moves toward the Apollo 12 Command Module to retrieve it

High School Students from William Howard Taft High School in Chicago, Illinois (IL), line up to ride the US Navy (USN) F/A-18 Hornet aircraft Flight Simulation, during Navy Week Chicago. Sponsored by the Navy Office of Community Outreach, twenty such weeks are planned this year in cities throughout the Country

High School Students from William Howard Taft High School in Chicago, Illinois (IL), line up to ride the US Navy (USN) F/A-18 Hornet aircraft Flight Simulation, during Navy Week Chicago. Sponsored by the Navy Office of Community Outreach, twenty such weeks are planned this year in cities throughout the Country

The US Navy (USN) Blue Angels F/A-18C Hornet Flight Demonstration Team aircraft taxis onto the ramp following a performance during the Angels Over Atlanta 2006 Air Show at Naval Air Station (NAS) Atlanta, Georgia (GA). The Blue Angels were the featured act as part of the Atlanta Navy Week 2006. Twenty such weeks planned by the Navy Office of Community Outreach are scheduled to visit cities throughout the Country

The US Navy (USN) Blue Angels F/A-18C Hornet Flight Demonstration Team aircraft taxis onto the ramp following a performance during the Angels Over Atlanta 2006 Air Show at Naval Air Station (NAS) Atlanta, Georgia (GA). The Blue Angels were the featured act as part of the Atlanta Navy Week 2006. Twenty such weeks planned by the Navy Office of Community Outreach are scheduled to visit cities throughout the Country

Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) students from William Howard Taft High School in Chicago, Illinois (IL), pose for a photograph as they prepare to ride the US Navy (USN) F/A-18 Hornet aircraft Flight Simulation, during Navy Week Chicago. Sponsored by the Navy Office of Community Outreach, twenty such weeks are planned this year in cities throughout the Country

Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) students from William Howard Taft High School in Chicago, Illinois (IL), pose for a photograph as they prepare to ride the US Navy (USN) F/A-18 Hornet aircraft Flight Simulation, during Navy Week Chicago. Sponsored by the Navy Office of Community Outreach, twenty such weeks are planned this year in cities throughout the Country

An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft touches down and prepares to tailhook the arresting wire on the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66). The aircraft is undergoing sea trials

An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft touches down and prepares to tailhook the arresting wire on the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV-66). The aircraft is undergoing sea trials

A left underside view of an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles (wingtips) and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles (inboard) during a test flight

A left underside view of an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles (wingtips) and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles (inboard) during a test flight

Hornet's Nest location at Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee

Hornet's Nest location at Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee

A underside view of an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Four (VX-4)

A underside view of an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Four (VX-4)

Visitors to Pacific Missile Test Center examine an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Four (VX-4) during an open house

Visitors to Pacific Missile Test Center examine an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Four (VX-4) during an open house

A right side view of two F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Four (VX-4), parked on the runway at Pacific Missile Test Center. Two A-7 Corsair II aircraft, with wings folded, are parked in front of the hangar

A right side view of two F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Four (VX-4), parked on the runway at Pacific Missile Test Center. Two A-7 Corsair II aircraft, with wings folded, are parked in front of the hangar

An air-to-air left side view of an F-18A Hornet aircraft with AIM-9L Sidewinder dummy missiles mounted on its wing tips. The aircraft is from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 4 (VX-4) assigned to Fighter/AEW Wing Pacific

An air-to-air left side view of an F-18A Hornet aircraft with AIM-9L Sidewinder dummy missiles mounted on its wing tips. The aircraft is from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 4 (VX-4) assigned to Fighter/AEW Wing Pacific

An underside view of an F-18 Hornet aircraft during flight demonstrations at the air show

An underside view of an F-18 Hornet aircraft during flight demonstrations at the air show

A view of the runway and hangars at Pacific Missile Test Center. Several aircraft are parked on the runway including an F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, P-3 Orion, F-4J Phantom II and a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter

A view of the runway and hangars at Pacific Missile Test Center. Several aircraft are parked on the runway including an F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, P-3 Orion, F-4J Phantom II and a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter

A right side view of an F-18 Hornet aircraft on the runway ready for the signal to begin flight demonstrations during the air show

A right side view of an F-18 Hornet aircraft on the runway ready for the signal to begin flight demonstrations during the air show

An underside view of an F-18 Hornet aircraft during flight demonstrations at the air show

An underside view of an F-18 Hornet aircraft during flight demonstrations at the air show

A right side view of an F-18 Hornet aircraft lifting off the runway to begin flight demonstrations during an air show

A right side view of an F-18 Hornet aircraft lifting off the runway to begin flight demonstrations during an air show

An underside view of an F-18 Hornet aircraft demonstrating flight characteristics during the air show

An underside view of an F-18 Hornet aircraft demonstrating flight characteristics during the air show

A left side view of an F/A-18A Hornet aircraft from Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125) in flight over Lake Tahoe

A left side view of an F/A-18A Hornet aircraft from Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125) in flight over Lake Tahoe

An air-to-air left side view of an F/A-18A Hornet aircraft from Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125) over Lake Tahoe

An air-to-air left side view of an F/A-18A Hornet aircraft from Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125) over Lake Tahoe

An air-to-air left side view of an F/A-18A Hornet aircraft from Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125) over Lake Tahoe

An air-to-air left side view of an F/A-18A Hornet aircraft from Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125) over Lake Tahoe

An F/A-18A Hornet aircraft of Strike Fighter Squadron 25 (VFA-25), bottom, escorts a Soviet I1-20 Coot A aircraft

An F/A-18A Hornet aircraft of Strike Fighter Squadron 25 (VFA-25), bottom, escorts a Soviet I1-20 Coot A aircraft

Pensacola, Fla....F/A-18 Hornet aircraft are in the hangar being painted in the Blue Angel flight demonstration team paint scheme. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

Pensacola, Fla....F/A-18 Hornet aircraft are in the hangar being painted in the Blue Angel flight demonstration team paint scheme. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH1 Anthony J. Kmiecik Pacific Ocean....Crewmen signal and the cable arrests an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft landing on the USS Independence (CV-62) during carrier qualifications of Reserve Carrier Air Wing 30 (CVWR-30) off the coast of southern California. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH1 Anthony J. Kmiecik Pacific Ocean....Crewmen signal and the cable arrests an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft landing on the USS Independence (CV-62) during carrier qualifications of Reserve Carrier Air Wing 30 (CVWR-30) off the coast of southern California. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

Right side view of an F-18 Hornet aircraft during flight demonstrations at the air show

Right side view of an F-18 Hornet aircraft during flight demonstrations at the air show

A right side view of three Strike Fighter Squadron 132 (VFA-132) F/A-18A Hornet aircraft in-flight. The aircraft are based aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) during the ship's shakedown cruise

A right side view of three Strike Fighter Squadron 132 (VFA-132) F/A-18A Hornet aircraft in-flight. The aircraft are based aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) during the ship's shakedown cruise

Pensacola, Fla....F/A-18 Hornet aircraft are in the hangar being painted in the Blue Angel flight demonstration team paint scheme. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

Pensacola, Fla....F/A-18 Hornet aircraft are in the hangar being painted in the Blue Angel flight demonstration team paint scheme. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

Pensacola, Fla....An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft is in the hangar being painted in the Blue Angel flight demonstration team paint scheme. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

Pensacola, Fla....An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft is in the hangar being painted in the Blue Angel flight demonstration team paint scheme. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

Lance CPL. E.S. Hansen Quantico, Va....An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft performs a fly-over during Airshow '88. OFFICIAL U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO (RELEASED)

Lance CPL. E.S. Hansen Quantico, Va....An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft performs a fly-over during Airshow '88. OFFICIAL U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO (RELEASED)

An F/A-18A Hornet aircraft of Strike Fighter Squadron 25 (VFA-25), bottom, escorts a Soviet I1-20 Coot A aircraft

An F/A-18A Hornet aircraft of Strike Fighter Squadron 25 (VFA-25), bottom, escorts a Soviet I1-20 Coot A aircraft

Pensacola, Fla....An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft is in the hangar being painted in the Blue Angel flight demonstration team paint scheme. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

Pensacola, Fla....An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft is in the hangar being painted in the Blue Angel flight demonstration team paint scheme. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

LT. CMDR. John Leenhouts Florida....An air-to-air right underside view of a Strike Fighter Squadron 136 (VFA-136) F/A-18A Hornet aircraft. The aircraft is armed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile on the right wing tip. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

LT. CMDR. John Leenhouts Florida....An air-to-air right underside view of a Strike Fighter Squadron 136 (VFA-136) F/A-18A Hornet aircraft. The aircraft is armed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile on the right wing tip. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

Pensacola, Fla....An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft is in the hangar being painted in the Blue Angel flight demonstration team paint scheme. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

Pensacola, Fla....An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft is in the hangar being painted in the Blue Angel flight demonstration team paint scheme. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

A left side view of an F-18 Hornet aircraft during flight demonstrations at the air show

A left side view of an F-18 Hornet aircraft during flight demonstrations at the air show

A Landing Signals Officer (LSO), aboard the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), watches an F/A-18 "Hornet" lands during carrier qualifications

A Landing Signals Officer (LSO), aboard the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), watches an F/A-18 "Hornet" lands during carrier qualifications

CPL. Haynes Quantico, Va....An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft performs a fly-over during Airshow '88. OFFICIAL U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO (RELEASED)

CPL. Haynes Quantico, Va....An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft performs a fly-over during Airshow '88. OFFICIAL U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO (RELEASED)

LT. CMDR. John Leenhouts Florida....An air-to-air right side view of a Strike Fighter Squadron 136 (VFA-136) F/A-18A Hornet aircraft. The aircraft is armed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile on the right wing tip. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

LT. CMDR. John Leenhouts Florida....An air-to-air right side view of a Strike Fighter Squadron 136 (VFA-136) F/A-18A Hornet aircraft. The aircraft is armed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile on the right wing tip. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

LT. CMDR. John Leenhouts Florida....An air-to-air right side view of a Strike Fighter Squadron 136 (VFA-136) F/A-18A Hornet aircraft. The aircraft is armed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile on the right wing tip. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

LT. CMDR. John Leenhouts Florida....An air-to-air right side view of a Strike Fighter Squadron 136 (VFA-136) F/A-18A Hornet aircraft. The aircraft is armed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile on the right wing tip. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

An air-to-air right side view of four F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125). The squadron is on a 23-day deployment from Naval Air Station, Lemoore, California. VFA-125 began flying the F/A-18 aircraft about 12 months ago. Squadron pilots have accumulated more than 1,500 hours in the aircraft so far

An air-to-air right side view of four F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125). The squadron is on a 23-day deployment from Naval Air Station, Lemoore, California. VFA-125 began flying the F/A-18 aircraft about 12 months ago. Squadron pilots have accumulated more than 1,500 hours in the aircraft so far

Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr. sits in the cockpit of an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125)

Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr. sits in the cockpit of an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125)

An air-to-air right side view of two F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125). The squadron is on a 23-day deployment from Naval Air Station, Lemoore, California. VFA-125 began flying the F/A-18 aircraft about 12 months ago. Squadron pilots have accumulated more than 1,500 hours in the Hornet so far

An air-to-air right side view of two F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125). The squadron is on a 23-day deployment from Naval Air Station, Lemoore, California. VFA-125 began flying the F/A-18 aircraft about 12 months ago. Squadron pilots have accumulated more than 1,500 hours in the Hornet so far

An air-to-air right side view of four F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125). The squadron is on a 23-day deployment from Naval Air Station, Lemoore, California. VFA-125 began flying the F/A-18 aircraft about 12 months ago. Squadron pilots have accumulated more than 1,500 hours in the Hornet so far

An air-to-air right side view of four F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125). The squadron is on a 23-day deployment from Naval Air Station, Lemoore, California. VFA-125 began flying the F/A-18 aircraft about 12 months ago. Squadron pilots have accumulated more than 1,500 hours in the Hornet so far

Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr., (facing camera) talks to a member of Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125). Lehman, a qualified pilot, will fly the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft during his visit to the squadron

Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr., (facing camera) talks to a member of Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125). Lehman, a qualified pilot, will fly the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft during his visit to the squadron

Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr., facing camera, talks to a member of Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125) performing maintenance on an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft. Lehman, a qualified pilot, will fly the Hornet during a visit to the squadron

Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr., facing camera, talks to a member of Fighter Attack Squadron 125 (VFA-125) performing maintenance on an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft. Lehman, a qualified pilot, will fly the Hornet during a visit to the squadron