Villanova are champs...but who is the toughest Wildcat?

Phil Briggs
April 03, 2018 - 1:48 pm
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The Villanova Wildcats defeated the Michigan Wolverines 79-62, becoming the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions. The Wildcats have taken home two titles in the past three years.

But when it comes to shooting, accuracy and overall explosiveness, are they really the best?

We researched ass-kicking “wildcats” in America, and discovered that the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron One Three One (VFA 131), based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA,  are the in a league of their own.

What makes them so tough?

They fly F/A 18 Fighter Jets!

US Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class Julio Delgado

According to Boeing, "The F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet delivers cutting-edge, next-generation multi-role strike fighter capability…day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, close air support, suppression of enemy air defenses, maritime strike, reconnaissance, and tanker missions.”  Basically, these Wildcats can crush an opponent with a full court press that is close up, air to air or air to surface...lights out!  

US Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class Julio Delgado

What’s the team’s motto?

Known as AIRLANT’s (Naval Air Forces Atlantic) “First and finest”.

Don’t be fooled by the elegance of this motto, because these Wildcats have had some notable firsts including, dropping serious haymakers on our enemies. According to the Wildcat Owners Manual they became, “the first Carrier Air Wing 7 squadron to employ ordnance on the first night of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) from carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower. A month later, VFA-131 headed north to the Persian Gulf to support coalition troops on the ground in Operation Iraqi Freedom and again became the first to deliver ordnance for the air wing.”   

US Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Beard

Fast break team?

Yes, the Wildcats of VFA 131 rely on fast breaks. In fact, not even Villanova could keep up with their top gear. 

According to Boeing specs, the F/A 18 can reach speeds of 1,190 mph or mach 1.6. By definition, that’s faster than the speed of sound...or Dick Vitale saying, "Yeah baby!"

US Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class Julio Delgado

While the Villanova Wildcats have weapons like guard Donte DiVincenzo, who can go on a scoring frenzy in a blow out (just ask Kansas or Michigan),

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the weapons of the VFA 131 will literally blow out their opponents for good. Just look at some of these weapons:

According to aviation experts the F/A 18s these Wildcats are packing carry some serious armament

US Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class Julio Delgado

Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61 Vulcan nose mounted gatling gun, 578 rounds
Air-to-air missiles: 4× AIM-9 Sidewinder or 4× AIM-120 AMRAAM Anti-ship Missiles, and Bombs: Precision-guided munition, Laser guided bombs and a series of unguided iron bombs.

And forget 3 point shots that bring down the house ... when they shoot these bad boys they can bring down the whole damn town. 

US Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class Julio Delgado

Congratulations to the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions, the Villanova Wildcats.

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But we can all sleep better knowing that the bad ass Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron 131  have some serious firepower, and a serious work ethic. (They're on the flight deck for countless hours in weather ranging from oppressive 100+ degree heat to bitter cold.) 

So, while they're tapping kegs on Villanova's campus, Naval Air Station Oceana is celebrating their 75th  annivesary, and toasting their Wildcats- who can beat any buzzer (or at least bomb the hell out of it), and remain undefeated.

US Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class Bryan Mai

 

-Phil Briggs, Plankowner, CVN 74

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