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The Eagles' Nest
Rhinos of VFA-115

by Robert Woodbury



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It is amazing how quickly things can change, one minute you’re on your way home and the next you’re off to war. The Eagles were at the end of a six month deployment with USS Abraham Lincoln and Carrier Air Wing 14 in support of “Operation Enduring Freedom” and “Operation Southern Watch”.

A port call at Fremantle, Western Australia was in order to celebrate Christmas 2002 and continue back to the USA. A short two weeks after leaving Fremantle the Abraham Lincoln was again gracing our shore – or was it more a case of blocking our view of Rottnest Island?

Either way, the smell of battle was in the air as officers and crew prepared to return to the Persian Gulf.

In the previous months VFA-115 had taken the opportunity to apply nose art to the newest addition to the fleet – the F/A-18E Super Hornet, or the Rhino as it’s been nicknamed. A number of aircraft in the squadron had nose art applied to boost squadron moral.

The following is a selection of the art applied to those aircraft.



Eagles' Nest - VFA-115 Rhinos Close-Up


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Text & Images Copyright © 2003 by Robert Woodbury
Page Created 05 September, 2003
Last Updated 19 April, 2004

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