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USS Bush launches Super Hornets to pound Islamic State

Crews fire up a cluster of F/A-18 Super Hornets every hour as part of pre-flight preparation on the USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf on April 19, 2017. The Bush is launching air strikes on the Islamic State.

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By SCOTT WYLAND | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 28, 2017

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Supersonic F/A-18 Super Hornets soar off the USS George H.W. Bush to bomb Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria at all hours of the day and night.

Their pilots speak almost affectionately when describing the Super Hornet’s speed, maneuverability and destructive power.

This is the second time the Bush has been deployed to battle ISIS. The first time was in 2014.

The Bush launched airstrikes against ISIS in February while in the Mediterranean, then traveled to the Persian Gulf to continue the assault with the Super Hornets.

wyland.scott@stripes.com

An F/A-18 Super Hornet's engine roars to life as the pilot prepares to enter the runway aboard the USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf on April 19, 2017. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is launching fighter jets to bomb Islamic State targets.
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