Uploaded by TikTok user named @i_just_ate_my_lizard, the clip elicits some enthusiastic comments. “It’s no takeoff, it’s launch,” writes commenter @hanawakazuhiko. “Wonderful taking off!” exclaims @salamfisalaoy. “That was my office,” recalls “V-1div. Blue shirt.” Video viewer @synergygaming73 notices something else. “Just after the launch a mechanism kicked in and a guy ran to the launch track,” he says. “What was he doing?” Some of our astute readers who know about the action will offer an explanation. In the meantime, the aircraft takeoff reminds us of a few facts about the fighter jet. “The F/A-18 is a twin engine, mid-wing, multi-mission tactical aircraft,” explains “The F/A-18A and C are single seat aircraft. The F/A-18B and D are dual-seaters. The B model is used primarily for training, while the D model is the current Navy aircraft for attack, tactical air control, forward air control and reconnaissance squadrons. The newest models, the E and F were rolled out at McDonnell Douglas Sept. 17, 1995. The E is a single seat while the F is a two-seater.” “All F/A-18s can be configured quickly to perform either fighter or attack roles or both, through selected use of external equipment to accomplish specific missions,” continues. “This ‘force multiplier’ capability gives the operational commander more flexibility in employing tactical aircraft in a rapidly changing battle scenario. The fighter missions are primarily fighter escort and fleet air defense; while the attack missions are force projection, interdiction, and close and deep air support.” Recommended for you

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