This video proves that sometimes sitting in the back can be just as rewarding as sitting in the front! Marine Weapon Systems Officers (WSOs) fly in the missionized rear cockpit of F/A-18D Hornets assigned to 'All-Weather' fighter attack squadrons and work as a vital component of the F/A-18D weapons concept.
These Marine Naval Flight Officers are masters at delivering guided ordinance with incredible precision, coordinating air support for ground forces that have come in contact with the enemy (FAC-A), performing reconnaissance missions over enemy territory using some of the F/A-18D's unique ATARS system, as well as offering enhanced situational awareness on missions.
Marine fighter and attack aircraft aircrews are no bullshit warriors and will give everything they have got to support their fellow Marines on the ground. Check out the video below to see them in action:
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