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  1. If you look at the hi res version, it’s also on the underside of the port wing.
  2. Why did you include the Tamiya instruction sheet for an A model?
  3. I read somewhere that -97 was next in line now for the F-35C and that in the meantime they were going to do adversary duty. I think the digital camo on the stabs was just an easy way to mark it.
  4. Reid Air/Speed Hunter Graphics has a very nice A-10 sheet that has a 23TFW bird on it from DS and a more modern gray 23d Wing bird. https://www.reidairpublishing.com/product-p/shg48017.htm
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Mark, Sounds good, surprising though. Keep up the good work!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. So the CAG bird (in the middle photo) has gone from the colorful flag on the anniversary bird to lo vis...
  11. Appears so, possibly due to -147 getting their safe for flight certain faster or the way the deployment cycles were working out.
  12. One thing to note, they have already changed to CVW-2 with the NE tail code as of a few weeks ago.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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