CLOSE ENCOUNTER -OF THE ALUMINUM KIND -from Ron Henderson

The story behind them is: Two F/A-18 Hornets from Top Gun Were dogfighting and made a head on pass, just a bit too close. One got home with part of the left wing  and left vertical fin and rudder missing,  while the other jet is missing everything forward of the cockpit pressure bulkhead - and is a flying convertible because the canopy is shattered too."

"These guys are lucky. It shows how rugged these aircraft are --also shows how good our pilots are."
Of course, if the pilots were "that" good then the 'crash' wouldn't have happened at all!

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