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Generic Naval Aviation Motivational Image by totallynotabronyFIM Generic Naval Aviation Motivational Image by totallynotabronyFIM
The flight suit was not easy to draw.  Getting the little pilot badge sort of correct took a while, plus cartoon ponies don't really have shoulders so I had to hang the O-4 gold oak leaf wherever.  The F/A-18C Hornet was no cake walk, either.

To my surprise, it's actually kind of difficult to invent a fictional Naval Aviation Squadron.  All the good ideas already exist in real life.  I did manage to come up with VFA-112 "The Ninjas."  Dash flies with them at the annual Red Flag Exercise in my story Dogfight!

I did have a lot of fun creating this art, especially since I have a headcanon story behind it.  Maybe someone has this picture hanging on the wall of a Navy recruiting office in the Battleships Universe, hence the title of the piece.

The aspect ratio is 16:9 if you're looking for some new desktop art.
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StormAlchemist15 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I think a better fit for Dash would be the prototype YF-17 Cobra, predecessor to the Hornet. It had the same shape and basic airframe structure, except it was designed as an air superiority fighter and competed with the F-16.  All-inAll, this is a beautiful picture. I can imagine the squadron flying through the clouds above their carrier with "A United Land" by Evening Star in the background.

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CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I always thought Dash would be more partial to the Tomcat given its Hollywood fame, but seeing as how it's no longer in service I could understand why she'd like the Hornet.
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ReactorWolf Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Generic Comment of Congratulations.
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DJP15 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
its is indeed very generic and ver inspriational XD nice job
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J25TheArcKing Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Woo hoo so awesome!
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ThatGuyOnTheInterweb Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
'Murica
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TyrannosaurusTux Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Heck ya F-18
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