Are you ready to view a different perspective for the approach to Grand Junction Regional Airport? Check out footage recorded three days ago from the cockpit of an EA-18G on approach to Grand Junction, Colorado.

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Slightly Different Perspective of Grand Junction, Colorado

Check out the video, and try to keep track of how many Grand Junction landmarks you can easily spot. This is a slightly different perspective than one might get from the cheap seats of a commercial puddle jumper.

What Does CAVU Mean?

According to the Urban Dictionary, CAVU is "An acronym used in aviation circles meaning "Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited." Commonly used by pilots as slang to describe anything that is desirable or sought after."

What Kind of Aircraft Is This?

The video above is Dash-1 perspective from the cockpit of an EA-18G Growler. According to Wikipedia, the Boeing EA-18G Growler "...is an American carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft, a specialized version of the two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet. The EA-18G replaced the Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowlers in service with the United States Navy."

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Specs on the EA-18G Growler

Boeing.com shares the following specs on the EA-18G Growler:

  • Length - 60.2 feet
  • Height - 16 feet
  • Wing Span - 44.9 feet
  • Weight Empty - 33,094 pounds
  • Recovery Weight - 48,000 pounds
  • Internal Fuel - 13,940 pounds
  • Max External Fuel - 9,744 pounds
  • Engines - (2) F414-GE-400
  • Thrust - 44,000 pounds
  • Spot Factor - 1.23
  • Crew - 1 pilot, 1 weapon system officer

Where Are They Coming From?

The Growlers Jams post states this flight set out from NAS Whidbey Island. Also known as NASWI is a naval air station of the United States Navy located near Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island in Island County, Washington.

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Grand Junction Colorado Has Made a Name For Itself

This footage was shot only a few days ago on August 28, 2022. So, what's the pilot going to do now that he's in Grand Junction? Well, it seems the word is out in this town.

According to a comment from the pilot, "Time for pizza and toffee."

A Pictorial History of Air Travel in Western Colorado

From time to time an aircraft has to make an emergency landing in a Grand Junction, Colorado neighborhood. Hey, it happens. Back in the 70s and 80s, Grand Junction was home to an amazing hot air balloon festival at Sherwood Park.

Grand Junction photographer Robert Grant was an aviation enthusiast and a licensed pilot. Here are a few shots of various aircraft spotted around Western Colorado (and one that wasn't). Stick through to the end of the gallery to see a photo from what I believe may have been the proudest moment of Bob Grant's career.

34 Random Photos To Celebrate Robert Grant's 99th Birthday

Friday, May 27, 2022 would have been Daily Sentinel photographer Robert Grant's 99th birthday. In honor of his special day, here are 34 random photos by Robert Grant.

Classic Grand Junction Colorado Photos Found in a Box - Robert Grant

These photos were selected, or perhaps more accurately, grabbed from a box of random photos from Grand Junction photographer Robert Grant. In some cases those pictured can be identified. In others... not so much. Keep an eye out for someone you recognize.

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