Highlands Midges make way for Super Hornets
caused a delay in the arrival at Lossiemouth of the US Navyís F18ís
Super Hornets know as the Top Hatters. The aircraft which serve onboard
the USS Nimitz were late due to a technical problem with there support
tanker, there was to have been a sixth Hornet however this too became
unserviceable and never made the crossing.
However on their arrival here, on 7th June they brought with
them the Californian sunshine which stayed for the entire length of
Playing host to the Hornets at Lossiemouth was 14Sqn. The flying routine
for the Hornets became two sorties per day with four aircraft the fifth
aircraft staying at Lossiemouth as the spare.
Home to four squadrons of
Tornado GR4's the sight of a Tornado over the threshold is a common
The aircraft used for
the deployment were
166436 NH-202 F/A-18E-57-MC VFA-14
166433 NH-203 F/A-18E-57-MC VFA-14
166432 NH-204 F/A-18E-57-MC VFA-14
166425 NH-212 F/A-18E-57-MC VFA-14
The first sortie with
14Sqn, who flew with the visitors in the morning. Then in the afternoon
the F18ís would depart and join in the QWIC with aircraft that were
based at Leuchars. The range at Tain was used in most of their sorties
morning and afternoon.