“Hornet Ball” and “Rhino Ball” are the names of a famous yearly compilation of videos of F-18 hornet fighter jet action produced by LT Joseph “C-Rock” Stephens, an Instructor WSO with the VFA-122 Flying Eagles.
The Hornet Ball is an annual celebration of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet strike-fighter aviation community, and involves five Carrier Air Wings and twenty-one F/A-18 squadrons. The event recognizes and honors the achievements of squadrons serving aboard aircraft carriers and those who have recently returned from deployment.
Each year, an aviator compiles a video that commemorates the past year’s events.
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Here are Top 5 Hornet Ball Video on YouTube with most number of views
1) 2014 F-18 Navy Hornet Ball Video
2) 2016 Rhino Ball Video
3) Hornet Ball 2015 Video
4) Hornet Ball 2013 Video
5) Australian Hornet Ball 2014
The U.S. Navy was not too happy when the VFA-31 Tomcatters release their 2017 OIR cruise video that included footage of the aerial engagement between an F/A-18E Super Hornet belonging to the VFA-87 “Golden Warriors” and a Syrian Su-22 filmed with an ATFLIR pod.
In order to prevent some sensitive footage from leaking to the public, the Navy has probably decided to put the kibosh on all footage taken on theater…