USMC TACAIR Jets in the 1990s
A beautiful shot of a formation of every USMC tactical jet in service at that time over the Chocolate Mountains Range during a Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) in the early 1990s. In this photograph, Heater captures the AV-8 Harrier, A-4 Skyhawk, TA-4 Skyhawk, F/A-18 Hornet, F-4 Phantom, RF-4 Phantom, A-6 Intruder, and EA-6B Prowler from the Attack, Fighter, Electronic Attack, and Recce communities in all their powerful beauty.
When Heater was working on “Forged In Steel”, he was doing a lot of flying. Only this time he was able to concentrate on his photography. Not without some fun though. During his time with MAWTS-1 doing the “Photo Hops”, he was able to snag “seat time” in each aircraft he was in. Some of the aircraft he was already intimately familiar with, like the A-4 Skyhawk and F-4 Phantom. Heater said the only aircraft he did not get to fly was the AV-8 Harrier because they didn’t have any of the two seat TAV-8s at WTI and the A-6 Intruder (but he was a A-6 “BN” during a few photo missions). However, that did not prevent him from capturing this iconic photo of the AV-8 Harrier, A-4 Skyhawk, TA-4 Skyhawk, F/A-18 Hornet, F-4 Phantom, RF-4 Phantom, A-6 Intruder and the EA-6B Prowler in a stack formation representing all active USMC Tactical jets of the early 90s.