Down on the Deck with Navy Jets

Down on the Deck with Navy Jets

Hold on to your hats: this video will take you down on the flightline as F/A-18 Super Hornets, T-45 Goshawks, and even a V-22 Osprey tilt rotor take off and land just feet away from the camera. Great video, great music … you will get chills watching this! Video poster PlaneVideoArt notes, “This video was shot during the 2013 winter photocall where amateur photographers are allowed on base to shoot U.S. Navy aircraft as they train. NAF El Centro is unique in giving civilian photographers access during normal flight operations. The facility has two operating runways. The 9,500-foot (2,900 m) east/west runway handles 96 percent of the traffic. It is equipped with a Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (FLOLS) at each approach end as well as lighted carrier flight deck landing areas at both ends so pilots can simulate carrier landings.”

Updated: July 27, 2015 — 5:03 PM


  1. Wow, not one F-22, which makes sense, since they are Air Force and NOT Navy. I did see a bunch of F-18’s though.

  2. I can see where this would be cool as the photographer (or just being there in person), but “getting chills watching it” is not really how I would describe it. Like watching a master artist paint, yes, watching his paint dry, not so much. Thanks for the post though.

  3. I have stood on the white line at the edge of the runway near the LSO Shack to watch them fly & land, while my sone was the LSO at the time

  4. Sorry, there were no F22 Raptors in this video. There were F/A-18s and F/A-18 Super Hornets

    1. Thanks!!

  5. It’s too bad the military cancelled all airshows in 2013 due to “politics”. During my 24 years in the Air Force, airshows were always used as “recruiting” tools. The static displays and fly-by’s were part of everyday pilot training.

    1. You can thank Obama for cutting the military and buying obama phones for the welfare couch potatoes for no airshows. Not politics, just obama’s hate for the country.

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