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Atlantic Ocean - May 19, 2009 -- An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, piloted by Lt. Patrick McKenna and Cmdr. Beau Duarte, on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 became the first aircraft to be catapulted from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is the tenth and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and is underway off the coast of Virginia conducting flight deck certification. .Credit: Michael Tackitt - U.S. Navy via CNP
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USS George H.W. Bush
Atlantic Ocean - May 19, 2009 -- An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, piloted by Lt. Patrick McKenna and Cmdr. Beau Duarte, on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 became the first aircraft to be catapulted from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is the tenth and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and is underway off the coast of Virginia conducting flight deck certification. .Credit: Michael Tackitt - U.S. Navy via CNP

Filename: 051909Navy04.jpg
Source: Consolidated News Photos
Date: 20 Apr 2009
Location: Atlantic Ocean
Credit: Michael Tackitt - U.S. Navy via CNP
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