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McDonnell Douglas FA-18 Hornet (16-4660)

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For the final time, "Stubby Joe" taxies a Bug to a parking position of honor on the NAWDC ramp. After completing his Last Flight, CDR Pietersom taxied past two USAF F-15 Eagles, a pair of F-22 Raptors, an RCAF C-130, a ramp full of USN and USAF F-16s, an E-2C Hawkeye, and countless F-18 Hornets, Super Hornets, and Growlers before parking and receiving a farewell "shower" (ten buckets filled with ice cubes and water) from family, friends, and US Navy comrades. The air temperature on the ramp during this "ceremony' was 34 degrees F.

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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Last Flight: "Stubby Joe" Pietersom, CDR, USN.
C.W. Reed
Great pic and info! Believe the same ceremony is performed after the 1st carrier trap! Thanks Gary! Cheers!!
Tarheeled
God bless and thank you for your service to country!
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Tarheeled .. I passed along your kind comment to Stubby Joe.
Tom Vance
(*))&^#$&%^*()&_(*&^%#$%*^(&)_(*&^%#@$%^&)(*_+(*&^%#$%*^()&)_+(*&^%$ shot! 5x_______!! :)
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