F/A-18 Hornet

From the F-35A Lightning II debut to the F/A-18 Hornet demo team with Schlieren Effect: cool video features the highlights of 2022 Swiss Air Force’s Axalp Air Power Demonstration

From the F-35A Lightning II debut to the F/A-18 Hornet demo team with Schlieren Effect: cool video features the highlights of 2022 Swiss Air Force’s Axalp Air Power Demonstration

The 2022 edition of the Swiss Air Force’s Axalp Air Power demonstration marked the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II’s debut.… Read More

1 month ago

US Navy Super Hornet makes first flight with Litening targeting pod. The Litening will replace the ATFLIR legacy targeting pods on the F/A-18 fleet.

Northrop Grumman’s Litening advanced targeting pod has successfully completed its first test flights on the US Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet.… Read More

3 months ago

Intruder Vs Legacy Hornet: Naval Aviator who flew both explains why the A-6 was like a ’65 Ford F-100 while the F/A-18 was like an ’84 Pontiac Fiero

‘I'm tremendously thankful to have flown both and while the Hornet got me in and out of combat, I'll always… Read More

4 months ago

US Navy F/A-18 pilot remembers the mid-air misses he had with two USAF F-16s and a B-1 during Operation Iraqi Freedom

‘Immediately ahead of me was the dark mass of a B-1, which was so close that part of the left… Read More

5 months ago

First RAAF Pilot to Clock 4,000 Hours on F/A-18 Strike Fighters

Squadron Leader Daniel Grealy’s milestone includes 1500 hours on F/A-18A/B Hornets and 2500 hours on F/A-18F Super Hornets. In a… Read More

6 months ago

F-14 RIO explains how a Tomcat Crew could Outmaneuver a Hornet, why in some Mission Profiles the F/A-18 is a better Air-to-Air Fighter than the F-14 and why the Super Hornet is Worthless against China

‘As for which would have been a better air-to-air platform, it depends on what specific mission profiles you’re talking about,… Read More

7 months ago

Former US Navy Test Pilot explains why the Super Tomcat 21 would outperform the Super Hornet in every area except Reliability

There is no doubt the Super Tomcat 21 would have been the better plane but it still would have likely… Read More

9 months ago

US Naval Aviators explain why “a mixed division of F-14 Tomcats and F/A-18 Hornets was devastating in aerial engagements”

With its excellent fighter and self-defense capabilities, the F/A-18 at the same time increased strike mission survivability and supplemented the… Read More

10 months ago

US Navy F/A-18 pilot tells the story of an exhilarating Mach 1.6 test sortie flown in a clean Hornet

‘No tanks, no pylons; nothing hanging on the jet whatsoever. This is just not something we see at an active… Read More

12 months ago

US Navy F/A-18 pilot tells the story of when a Hornet used a 500-pound LGB to kill a lone terrorist scrambling across a gorge in Afghanistan

From October 2001 to August 2021, US Navy F/A-18s Hornet and Super Hornet strike fighters provided around-the-clock battlefield coverage in… Read More

12 months ago

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

Some F/A-18 Hornet fighter pilots cut the fingertips off their gloves. Why? Military pilots, like motorcyclists, “dress for the slide,… Read More

1 year ago

The story of the USMC F/A-18 Hornet student pilot who lost his wings for doing aileron rolls after touch and goes while practicing landing

‘With gaping mouths, the instructors watched one of their star students, a Marine rocking the program, execute an aileron roll… Read More

1 year ago

US Navy F/A-18 pilot explains why Hornet drivers have to keep their right hand up off the controls during cat launch

‘The Hornet doesn’t like foreplay. You can take the stick once it’s off the deck and flying away, but not… Read More

1 year ago

The story of the US Navy F/A-18 pilot that made a night trap on a carrier having the Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (AKA ball) turned off

‘I never saw the ball. I called Clara [Clara = “can’t see the Fresnel lens”] and the LSOs said ‘continue,’… Read More

1 year ago

Axalp 2021 (4K): the coolest Swiss Air Force’s Axalp Air Power demonstration video you’ve ever seen

Held at Ebenfluh firing range near the summit of the 7,614 feet (2,321m) high Axalphorn mountain in central Switzerland, Swiss… Read More

1 year ago