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F/A-18 Hornet Jet Fighters Around Las Vegas
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Identification: F/A-18 Hornets are recognized by the triangular wings and two vertical tail fins that are angled outward. F-22s also have angled tail fins, but the wings are deltoid.

While hiking down from Little Ubehebe Peak, on the west side of Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, this F-18 make a mock bombing attack on our vehicles parked at the Grandstand trailhead. People by the vehicles, a bit rattled, said they were glad to be Americans and not the object of a real attack. I took the photos from about 300 yards up the trail.

F/A-18 Hornet
F-18 flying fast and low up Racetrack Playa Valley
F/A-18 Hornet
Passing a small cluster of vehicles, the pilots tip the jet on is side for a quick battle assessment.
F/A-18 Hornet
Pilot's heads turned hard towards vehicles
F/A-18 Hornet
Straightening out, I can just hear the pilots saying they have a fix on an enemy position.
F/A-18 Hornet
Pilots begin to bank right
F/A-18 Hornet
Pulling hard to the right
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Coming around

F/A-18 Hornet
Lined up for the bombing run

F/A-18 Hornet
Banking in over the target
F/A-18 Hornet
Bombs Away!
F/A-18 Hornet
Hitting the gas, they fly straight and level over the targets
F/A-18 Hornet
Pulling out
F/A-18 Hornet
Banking back to the left
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Pulling hard to the left, the pilots flew off into the sunset. I can imagine they were high-fiving each other on a successful kill.

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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