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Spanish Air Force F/A-18A+ Hornet hits building after Crew Chief forgets to put Chocks on Wheels
The F/A-18A+ Hornet was slightly damaged. Taken on Friday Jun. 28, 2019 at Gando air base, Gran Canaria (Spain), the curious photos in this post show an Ejército del Aire (EdA, Spanish Air Force, SpAF) F/A-18A+ Hornet (C.15-83/46-11 of 462Esc) "crashed" into a building. Apparently, as reported by Scramble Facebook...
Saab to deliver first 2 Gripen E fighters to Brazilian and Swedish Air Forces in 2019
An offer to complement the Gripen E test aircraft with an operational Gripen C aircraft for the flight tests in June 2019 has not been accepted by the Swiss defence procurement agency. Saab has announced that the Gripen E fighter will not be heading to Payerne, Switzerland for flight tests this month.
Finnish Air Force F-18s intercepts two nice looking Russian aircraft
The Russian aircraft involved were An-12BK (RF-95684/24 bl) and Border Guard An-72P (RF-72019). On May 27, 2019 a Finnish Air Force F/A-18 Hornet multi-role fighter on Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) was scrambled to intercept two nice looking Russian aircraft. Both aircraft were flying in international airspace over the Gulf of...
Iraqi MiG-25 Foxbat Pilot explains how he was able to shoot down Lt Cdr Speicher’s F/A-18 Hornet the first night of Operation Desert Storm
“I locked a target 38km from me and at 29km I fired R-40RD missile from under my right wing. I kept the target locked with my radar till I witnessed a huge explosion in front of me,” Lt Zuhair Dawoud, IrAF MiG-25 pilot. The opening round of Operation Desert Storm...
U.S. Navy to modify 18 Early Production F/A-18E/F Super Hornets for Blue Angels
Most importantly for fans, Blue Angels airshow season next year will be shorten while the 2021 will start later to help the unit transition to the new aircraft. Early-production F/A-18E/F Super Hornets have a new mission—help the Blue Angels inspire greatness and service in others—as the next flight demonstration aircraft for the...
F-22 pilot from Australia: from RAAF Hornet to USAF Raptor
“The transition from the aircraft was exciting and a challenge to do. There were definitely some similarities, like handling, but the Raptor’s performance, from the engine to what it can do is unmatched,” (RAAF) Flight Lt. Paul Anderton 90th FS F-22 Raptor pilot. Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Flight Lt. Paul Anderton...
Two USMC F/A-18s collide mid-air during CAS Exercis
The F/A-18s were able to land safely after “experiencing a mid-air incident” over Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms. On Feb. 28, 2019 two U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) F/A-18s collided in mid-air over the sprawling Twentynine Palms, California, Marine training base. The two Hornets involved in...
Meet Fanny “Shotty” Chollet, the first beautiful Swiss Air Force female fighter pilot
Fanny “Shotty” Chollet is one of only seven female pilots. The other six fly helicopters. Flying Officer (First Lieutenant) Fanny “Shotty” Chollet is the first woman in the Swiss Air Force to be qualified as a fighter pilot. "Shotty"started her training in 2012 and was awarded her...
Spain to join France and Germany for FCAS program
Spain, where Airbus's military transport planes are assembled, had sent a letter in December to Paris and Berlin asking to be associated with FCAS project Spain is expected to sign a letter of intent with France and Germany to join the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program. Spain...
This VFA-81 F/A-18C driver scored the first (of only two) U.S. Navy MiG Kill during Operation Desert Storm
"This is the first time to my knowledge that an airplane scored a kill while carrying four 2,000-lb bombs, then continued on to hit its target,” Lieutenant Commander Mark Fox, VFA-81 F/A-18 Hornet Pilot On Jan. 17, 1991 Lieutenant Commander Mark Fox and Lieutenant Nick Mongillo launched with five other VFA-81 F/A-18 Hornets as part...

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