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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19 April, 2004
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