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  1. Was at Oceana this week visiting some friends. Only CVW-8 was in and that was limited on the ramp to 3-4 F models from -213 and of note, 5-6 new E models from -34 in CVW-8 markings. Unfortunately 400 was all gray.
  2. No it’s an F so two seats, if CAG was an NFO, his or her name would be on the left side, just the rear seat. Depends on preference, some will have the CMC’s name on the right side and maybe the sailor of the year. In this case, CAPT Ford is an aviator, so unsure why he was on the right side. I’m curious if all the CVW-17 -00 aircraft were like that.
  3. Mark, Sounds good, surprising though. Keep up the good work!
  4. Looks great. One question though, on the VFA-94 bird, shouldn’t CAG be on the left side and DCAG on the right? I’ve never known a CAG that would be OK with that.
  5. Appears VFA-87 has joined VFA-31 in CVW-11, with VFA-97 joining CVW-8 along with -34 and -37 as they transition to Supers.
  6. So the CAG bird (in the middle photo) has gone from the colorful flag on the anniversary bird to lo vis...
  7. Appears so, possibly due to -147 getting their safe for flight certain faster or the way the deployment cycles were working out.
  8. One thing to note, they have already changed to CVW-2 with the NE tail code as of a few weeks ago.
  9. Amen to that. I was just at dinner the other night with a guy that did his department head tour there and he agreed also.
  10. Not sure if anyone else posted this. Appears that VFA-31 has taken VFA-147's place in CVW-11, at least temporarily while they transition. Interesting they go West and the CAG bird loses the color.
  11. Completely agree, especially in regards to the junior enlisted pay. However, on the flip side, we need to have a serious review/discussion on where and how we classify war zones and the associated benefits, especially on the tax front, that goes with that. I know O-4s and O-5s claiming earned income credit because they're in a "war zone" which in fact is a US embassy in places such as Qatar or the UAE, where they live with their families in government provided houses and live normal everyday lives. Or one only need to look at the lines of C-17s or C-5s that magically show up on the last day of a month and then leave the first day of the month, again in places where no one is being shot at and in the case of the UAE, is a major tourist hub, just so they can get tax free status for the entire month. All while sailors are on cruise away from their families and soldiers/marines are deployed down range in legitimate war zones yet receiving the same benefit.
  12. I normally just read posts and don't respond however Dave, based on your above comment in bold, along with the follow up post of "AMK thought it would be a cool idea to provide that option for them", you give the impression that you are in direct talks with AMK and/or helping them with the kit since you are suggesting you know what they are thinking or aware of. If that is the case (excuse me if you divulged that before) then your posts in defense of AMK are a bit biased. If not, then how do you know what they are aware of or thinking?
  13. My understanding from talking to some friends is that 304 was his jet but he was flying XOs aircraft on that day, so now 302 has his name on it. Also, the modex in that pic doesn't look changed just the name.
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