There must be something in the water, because another Black Ace earned his wings this weekend. Again, completing the knowledge checks and practical exercises required under the Basic Qualification program, ENS Specter has been awarded his own Wings of Gold after demonstrating competence in the avionics, navigation, and weapons systems in the F/A-18C Hornet.
July 15, 2018 VFA-41 Pilot Earns Wings
Having successfully completed the multi-phased requalification program for the F/A-18C Hornet, ENS Ticman has been awarded the Wings of Gold as a Naval Aviator in Strike Fighter Squadron Four One. His persistence serves as an example for his brother Black Aces. Well done!
July 12, 2018 Black Aces Continue Requalification in the F/A-18C Hornet
The pilots of VFA-41 are continuing the process of requalifying in the new F/A-18C airframe. Some of the Black Aces are making substational progress, working with their Instructor Pilots (IPs) at the squadron training range, learning and demonstrating the differences and capabilities of the new Hornet. Those who complete requalification will be sporting shiny, new Wings of Gold on the Pilot Roster.
July 4, 2018 Happy Recommissioning Day!
All across the country today, Americans will be celebrating the recommissioning of Strike Fighter Squadron Four One, the Black Aces. This day has been a long time in the making, and marks the complete transition of VFA-41 from the Jane's F/A-18 simulator to the DCS World F/A-18C simulation platform. The 'legacy' pilots transitioning to the new airframe, as well as new pilot candidates, will continue working diligently on the requalification process until all are up to speed and combat-ready. The VFA-41 home base is open to the public today as well. Visitors are invited to explore the website to know more about the squadron. Who knows! Perhaps there's a young (or old) future Black Ace among you!