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Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy

- the story behind the F/A-18 Hornet scenes in the film.


Remember the F/A-18 Hornets in Clear and Present Danger?

Jarmo Lindberg from Fighter Squadron 21 in Finland and Fighter Tactics Academy reports:

"In Tom Clancy's 'Clear and Present Danger' book there was CDR Jensen in an A-6E dropping the special cellulose bomb with no fragments. In the movie the jet was the F/A-18. During NATOPS conference 1994 I met the then VFA-125 standardization officer 'Kid' Pallen who told me in the bar that he flew the jet for the film.

The Paramount Pictures people had just emerged one day in his office and told him that they had a clearance from the Navy to drop a couple of laser guided bombs from the Hornet for the film.

"Sure!!!!" said Kid and checked the news. And sure enough, they DID have the clearance. So after some frantic searching they found the bombs and loaded them. Kid took off and joined with the Paramount Pictures Learjet which had a special camera through the floor.

They flew several passes so that Kid approached the Learjet from behind and below. But they couldn't drop the bombs because they were over desert and they should have been over the "Colombian" jungle. Finally (when the sun was already going down) they flew over some clouds and decided to drop the bombs there. So Kid got rid of his ordnance just before sunset and the Paramount crew got their shots for the movie."

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