On Saturday afternoon March 24, 2012, I was relaxing in my office "The Hanger" as it is known when I heard then watched four U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18As make their way into Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) around 15:45 PST. I wasn't sure if they would be departing but I decided to head over to the airport anyway and I was not disappointed as the four departed at 17:37 PST.
"VW-08" rolls by on "Delta."
F/A-18A (c/n 0420/A348) 162877 "VW-08" of VMFA 314 on the roll for takeoff on Rwy 30.
"VW-07" taxi's full lenght on "Delta" for a Rwy 30 departure.
F/A-18A (c/n 0464/A381) 162903 "VW-07" of VMFA 314 rolls for blast-off on Rwy 30.
(Photos by Michael Carter)