F/A-18 Hornet

Naval Aviator recalls when an F/A-18 pilot made a night trap on a carrier having the Ball (Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System) turned off

Naval Aviator recalls when an F/A-18 pilot made a night trap on a carrier having the Ball (Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System) turned off

It takes skills and nerves of ice for a US Navy pilot to land an aircraft on a carrier’s flight… Read More

4 months ago

US Navy F/A-18 pilot tells why Hornet drivers cut the fingertips off their gloves

Fighter pilots While the life of a fighter pilot might seem very adventurous and full of fun, a lot of… Read More

4 months ago

The Argentine Air Force wanted to buy F/A-18s or F-16s to replace its A-4 fleet instead had to purchase former USMC Skyhawks and upgrading them to the A-4AR standard

The A-4 Skyhawk The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is a single seat subsonic carrier-capable attack aircraft developed for the United States… Read More

5 months ago

US Navy F/A-18 pilot recalls when he was launched on Alert 5 to intercept an Iranian patrol aircraft that ended up being a C-2 COD

Alert 5 Alert 5, also referred to as Ready Five, is a condition of high alert for aircraft crews on… Read More

5 months ago

The story of the US Navy F/A-18 that was able to land safely without canopy, with a KC-10 refueling basket stuck in its refueling probe

Air-to-Air Refueling, a dangerous process Air-to-Air Refueling (AAR) is a force multiplier. Aerial refueling allows aircraft to remain in the… Read More

6 months ago

45 Years of F/A-18 Legacy Hornet, the US Navy’s first multirole aircraft

45 Years of F/A-18 Legacy Hornet Born out of necessity and innovation, the US Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet introduced a level… Read More

6 months ago

Unique video shows Swiss Air Force F/A-18 Hornets doing road crossing taxi at the picturesque Meiringen Air Base

Swiss Air Force F/A-18 Hornets at Meiringen Air Base Filmed by our friend Dafydd Phillips on Oct. 18, 2023 the… Read More

7 months ago

Swiss Air Force Axalp 2023 (4K): the best F/A-18 Hornet demo video you’ve ever seen

Swiss Air Force Boeing F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters’ incredible display at Axalp 2023. Filmed by our friend Dafydd Phillips on… Read More

7 months ago

[Video] VMFAT-101 F/A-18 Hornets “Fly the Barn” 18 Ship Formation to honor SharpShooters legacy on the day of the Squadron Deactivation

VMFAT-101 SharpShooters F/A-18 Hornets Formation for the Squadron Deactivation The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) deactivated Marine Fighter Attack Training… Read More

8 months ago

USMC F/A-18 pilots explain how they successfully located downed civilian aircraft that led emergency response personnel to provide medical assistance to the injured

USMC F/A-18 pilots successfully locate downed civilian aircraft Two pilots with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112(VMFA-112) successfully located a downed… Read More

8 months ago

USS Ronald Reagan Yellow Shirt recalls when he was nearly killed by an F/A-18 that smashed on the flight deck after having inadvertently caught a wire during a wave-off

Colored jersey USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is the ninth Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and is named in honor of… Read More

9 months ago

Naval Aviator explains why the F/A-18 has its rudders deflected inward during cat shot

The F/A-18 The F/A-18 Hornet became the US’ first all-weather fighter and attack aircraft, and was designed for traditional strike… Read More

9 months ago

Naval Flight Officer explains why the number of engines was key for the Navy in selecting the YF-17 over the YF-16

‘We used to have a joke in flight training: “What happens to a prop aircraft when it loses its engine?… Read More

11 months ago

Ukraine could receive 41 retired RAAF F/A-18A/B Hornet Strike Fighters

Australia, the US, and Ukraine are discussing sending 41RAAF F/A-18A/B Hornet fighter jets to Ukraine, rather than scrapping them as… Read More

12 months ago

F-15 Eagle Vs F-16 Fighting Falcon Vs F/A-18 Hornet/Super Hornet: the Aircrews’ Perspective

F-15 Vs F-16 Vs F/A-18: how would these exceptional fighter jets fare one versus the other in a dogfight? The… Read More

12 months ago

That time a Boat Captain asked to a US Navy F/A-18 pilot to buzz his ship “Like Tom Cruise Did On Top Gun”

Matt Wirt, a US Coast Guard Charter Captain from Wilmington got a surprise fly-by guest on Aug. 29, 2018 after… Read More

1 year ago

US Navy F/A-18 pilot tells the story of when he and his wingman were able to RTB after their Hornets collided during air combat training

The F/A-18 Hornets involved were 162454 (‘AF 03’ – this is the blue one) and 162475 (‘AF 12’ – the… Read More

1 year ago