is how the story came to me, unverified, via the internet...
Gun 1v1 Mid-Air
one of those days when you're out flying Top Gun one vs. one missions,
to see who can "gun" who. Okay, head-on pass with your
F-18, put the pipper on that Bozo's helmet for a beautiful video
tape shot of your "guns, guns, guns" kill on this guy...
And the result is: a midair collision with two FA-18s and both
comes in with part of a left wing and left vertical fin and rudder
missing, while the other takes the approach end barrier missing
everything forward of the cockpit pressure bulkhead - and is flying
a convertible because the canopy is shattered too. Uh, anybody
seen an APG -63 radar, fire control computer, and numerous radio
boxes laying around the country side? Oh, yeah, I'm missing a
complete M61A3 20mm cannon and ammo drum too, but don't tell the
These guys are sooooo lucky. Usually when this happens all you
get is a quick fireball in the sky and MAYBE one guy getting out
badly injured after ejection, with the other team being a "mort".
sale, two F-18s, slightly used, as is condition, make offer. Some
days it's just not worth the effort of chewing through the straps!