What vacation trip would be complete without a trip to a military base? Definitely not one of mine!!! So on Aug 9th I met up with a fellow Fencecheck’er, LAX9DME, and he showed me around NAS Pt. Mugu. NAS Pt. Mugu is apart of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWPNS), where they provide R&D for air warfare, missiles, airborne electronic warfare systems, and weapons integration. NAS Pt. Mugu is also the home to numerous E-2C squadrons (VAW-112, VAW-113, VAW-116, VAW-117), VX-9 Bloodhounds, and the California Air National Guard 146th Airlift Wing. While I had hoped to capture some E-2C’s or some of VX-9’s NP-3D Orions & Herk’s they didn’t fly. But our first aircraft were a pair of CC-130J’s from the 146th CANG.
One did a straight in and the other did a touch and go.
After that nothing flew, so LAX9DME and I said our goodbyes and I went to the Missile Park to check it out. But then I get a call from him saying that there are some hornets inbound, so he and I rush back to take some pictures.
Much to my surprise we got 3 hornets from NAS Oceana. I guess they were out playing on the ranges just off the coast.
VFA-87 Golden Warriors AJ 402
VFA-15 Valions AJ 301
And the last one was a special treat for me. VFA-31 Tomcatters AJ 102. This is my first picture of a Tomcatters Super Hornet.
All in all, not a bad afternoon. As they say, any day by the runway is better then being at work.