This photo is awesome on so many levels. It provides us with an insight into something we seldom have a chance to see as U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Christopher Prout with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing shoots a AIM-7 Sparrow missile from a F/A-18C Hornet airplane while participating in a deployment for training (DFT) near Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., May 16, 2013. The DFT prepared the squadron for future combat and contingency operations.
On a side note, the Red Devils of VMFA-232 were deployed to the Asia-Pacific last year when they were spent six months at Marine Combat Air Station Iwakuni, Japan on rotation as part of the Marine Corps' Unit Deployment Program (UDP). Their stint in this part of the world included the squadron's participation in the multinational Exercise Pitch Black in Australia, which saw these other photos taken.