Visit to NAS Lemoore, California, January 2010

VFA-146 CAG   Our visit to NAS Lemoore in California was arranged to allow us a few days touring in Arizona after our recent Edwards visit. Organised with faultless help from the Lemoore Public Affairs department to whom we are very grateful, we turned up at the main gate at Lemoore at the appointed time. After introductions we boarded a mini-bus to transport us to the flight-lines and hangars, and what a journey, the flying part of the base is literally miles away from the main gate, and I suspect that good views from outside the airfield may be reasonably restricted.

   Naval Air Station Lemoore is a massive facility, and is home to all the USNavy's West Coast fighter and attack squadrons. Currently, these units operate a mixture of older F/A-18A/B/C/D Hornets, as well as the newer F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, numbering approximately 200 aircraft in total. At any one time though, many of the based units are liable to be deployed with their Carrier Air Wing on board an aircraft carrier, or otherwise working up detached elsewhere, like El Centro for example.

   On the day of our visit the following squadrons were at home:-

Yet another HornetVFA-2, "Bounty Hunters", F/A-18F

VFA-22, "Fighting Redcocks", F/A-18F

VFA-122, "Flying Eagles", F/A-18E/F

VFA-125, "Rough Raiders", F/A-18A/B/C/D

VFA-137, "Kestrels", F/A-18E

VFA-146, "Blue Diamonds", F/A-18C

VFA-147, "Argonauts", F/A-18E

VFA-151, "Vigilantes", F/A-18C

VFA-192, "World Famous Golden Dragons", F/A-18C, recently returned from NAS Atsugi, Japan

There was also a reduced complement from VFA-113 "Stingers" and VFA-154 "Black Knights".

Close up access at Lemoore    These units consisted of over 150 Hornets and Super Hornets of various marks, so, if you like Hornets then, Lemoore is the place to visit.

   We were escorted through many of the hangars with a reasonable chance of photography, then out onto the flight-lines for very good photographic access. With so many aircraft movements going on, it was often difficult to keep track of everything, 2 large parallel runways operating at the same time, many flight-lines full of activity, and extremely busy taxiways meant that you had to be pretty aware of your surroundings in order to avoid missing anything.

   Our visit here was superb, and thanks go to all the Public Affairs staff, as well as all the other US Navy members we spoke with and who helped us during the day.

VFA-2    VFA-22    VFA-154

Listed below are the aircraft we saw during our visit:-

137602 NK-401, "135300" EA-1F Preserved at the main gate
142094 NM-208, "150033" TA-4B Preserved at the main gate
156763 NL-301, "160122" A-7B Preserved at the main gate
161366 NE-100, NE-300 F/A-18A Preserved at the main gate
160472 NJ-0472 T-34C VFA-125
160490 NJ-0490 T-34C VFA-125
160506 NJ-0506 T-34C VFA-125
160949 T-34C VFA-125
165884 F/A-18F No marks
165916 NE-100 F/A-18F VFA-2
165917 NE-101 F/A-18F VFA-2
165918 NE-102 F/A-18F VFA-2
165911 NE-103 F/A-18F VFA-2
165921 NE-105 F/A-18F VFA-2
165922 NE-106 F/A-18F VFA-2
165924 NE-110 F/A-18F VFA-2
165925 NE-111 F/A-18F VFA-2
165926 NE-112 F/A-18F VFA-2
165927 NE-114 F/A-18F VFA-2
165919 NE-115 F/A-18F VFA-2
165901 NE-202, XO F/A-18E VFA-137
165902 NE-203 F/A-18E VFA-137
165903 NE-204 F/A-18E VFA-137
165904 NE-205 F/A-18E VFA-137
165905 NE-206 F/A-18E VFA-137
165907 NE-210 F/A-18E VFA-137
165908 NE-211 F/A-18E VFA-137
165909 NE-212 F/A-18E VFA-137
165898 NE-214 F/A-18E VFA-137
165897 NE-215 F/A-18E VFA-137
164720 NE-301 F/A-18C VFA-151
164703 NE-303 F/A-18C VFA-151
164715 NE-304 F/A-18C VFA-151
164719 NE-305 F/A-18C VFA-151
164897 NE-306 F/A-18C VFA-151
164713 NE-310 F/A-18C VFA-151
164731 NE-311 F/A-18C VFA-151
164029 NF-300 F/A-18C VFA-192
164030 NG-401 F/A-18C VFA-192
163990 NG-402 F/A-18C VFA-192
164045 NF-304 F/A-18C VFA-192
163996 NF-405 F/A-18C VFA-192
164025 NF-306 F/A-18C VFA-192
164067 410 F/A-18C VFA-192
164050 NF-311 F/A-18C VFA-192
164023 NF-312 F/A-18C VFA-192
164002 NF-313 F/A-18C VFA-192
Note above. VFA-192 are in the midst of changing tail-code from "NF" to "NG" and modexes from "3xx" to "4xx". This is in line with their change of Carrier Air Wing from USS George Washington to USS Stennis.
166873 NG-154 (allocated 100) F/A-18F VFA-154
166875 NG-102 F/A-18F VFA-154
166878 NG-105 F/A-18F VFA-154
166881 NG-110 F/A-18F VFA-154
165933 F/A-18F Unmarked
163740 NG-300, "DCAG" F/A-18C VFA-146
163742 NG-301 F/A-18C VFA-146
163496 NG-302 F/A-18C VFA-146
163462 NG-305 F/A-18C VFA-146
163502 NG-307 F/A-18C VFA-146
163776 NG-310 F/A-18C VFA-146
163439 NG-312 F/A-18C VFA-146
163490 NG-313 F/A-18C VFA-146
163716 NG-315 F/A-18C VFA-146
163766 NG-316 F/A-18C VFA-146
166439 NG-402 F/A-18E VFA-147
166440 NG-403 F/A-18E VFA-147
166441 NG-404 F/A-18E VFA-147
166442 NG-405 F/A-18E VFA-147
166443 NG-406 F/A-18E VFA-147
166444 NG-407 F/A-18E VFA-147
166445 NG-410 F/A-18E VFA-147
166446 NG-411 F/A-18E VFA-147
166447 NG-412 F/A-18E VFA-147
166448 NG-413 F/A-18E VFA-147
165679 NJ-101, desert aggressor F/A-18F VFA-122
165806 NJ-104 F/A-18F VFA-122
165677 NJ-105 F/A-18F VFA-122
165673 NJ-106 F/A-18F VFA-122
165879 NJ-107 F/A-18F VFA-122
165886 NJ-110 F/A-18F VFA-122
165800 NJ-114 F/A-18F VFA-122
165671 NJ-120 F/A-18F VFA-122
165543 NJ-121 F/A-18F VFA-122
166452 NJ-126 F/A-18F VFA-122
166459 NJ-127 F/A-18F VFA-122
166461 NJ-136 F/A-18F VFA-122
166455 NJ-137 F/A-18F VFA-122
165874 NJ-175 F/A-18E VFA-122
163726 NJ-300 F/A-18C VFA-125
164012 NJ-301 F/A-18C VFA-125
164377 NJ-302 F/A-18C VFA-125
162904 NJ-304 F/A-18A+ VFA-125
163719 NJ-305 F/A-18C VFA-125
163731 NJ-306 F/A-18C VFA-125
163444 NJ-307 F/A-18C VFA-125
164055 NJ-314 F/A-18C VFA-125
162869 NJ-320, grey aggressor F/A-18C VFA-125
163999 NJ-323 F/A-18C VFA-125
164057 NJ-325 F/A-18C VFA-125
164006 NJ-350 F/A-18C VFA-125
164033 NJ-354 F/A-18C VFA-125
164036 NJ-361 F/A-18C VFA-125
164062 NJ-365 F/A-18C VFA-125
162844 NJ-367 F/A-18A VFA-125
164739 NJ-375 F/A-18C VFA-125
162404 NJ-400, green aggressor F/A-18B VFA-125
166872 NJ-400 F/A-18E VFA-122
162864 NJ-402 F/A-18B VFA-125
166907 NJ-403 F/A-18E VFA-122
166903 NJ-404 F/A-18E VFA-122
166910 NJ-405 F/A-18E VFA-122
163488 NJ-430 F/A-18D VFA-125
163500 NJ-431 F/A-18D VFA-125
163497 NJ-432 F/A-18D VFA-125
163510 NJ-434 F/A-18C VFA-125
163700 NJ-435 F/A-18D VFA-125
163991 NJ-440 F/A-18D VFA-125
163994 NJ-441 F/A-18D VFA-125
164009 NJ-442 F/A-18D VFA-125
164019 NJ-444 F/A-18D VFA-125
164058 NJ-446 F/A-18D VFA-125
164011 NJ-447 F/A-18D VFA-125
164249 NJ-450 F/A-18D VFA-125
166795 NK-100 F/A-18F VFA-22
166806 NK-102 F/A-18F VFA-22
166810 NK-103 F/A-18F VFA-22
166811 NK-104 F/A-18F VFA-22
166801 NK-106 F/A-18F VFA-22
166802 NK-107 F/A-18F VFA-22
166803 NK-110 F/A-18F VFA-22
166804 NK-111 F/A-18F VFA-22
164641 NK-301 F/A-18C VFA-113
164676 NK-305 F/A-18C VFA-113
164686 NK-306 F/A-18C VFA-113
164242 NK-307 F/A-18C VFA-113
164682 NK-311 F/A-18C VFA-113
164223 NK-401 F/A-18C VFA-25
164638 NK-405 F/A-18C VFA-25
164639 NK-406 F/A-18C VFA-25
164664 NK-407 F/A-18C VFA-25
164645 NK-411 F/A-18C VFA-25
164654 NK-412 F/A-18C VFA-25