Tag: F/A-18 Hornet

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...
USMC declares remaining Marines involved in F/A-18 and KC-130 mishap deceased; search and rescue operations Off Japan concluded
U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft did not, however, locate the crew of the KC-130 Hercules The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) has pronounced the five remaining Marines involved in the F/A-18 and KC-130 aviation mishap during an air-to-air refueling exercise on Dec. 6, deceased. The change in status comes at the conclusion of...
Last Axalp Air Power Demonstration for Swiss Air Force F-5 Tiger IIs
2018 edition of Axalp exercise will be remembered for having been the last one for Swiss Air Force F-5 Tiger IIs Taken on Oct. 11, 2018 the photos in this post show Swiss Air Force air assets in action during the annual Axalp Air Power Demonstration. Held at Ebenfluh firing range near the summit of the 7,614 feet (2,321m) high Axalphorn mountain in central...
Swiss Air Force plans to retire 27 F-5 fighters this year
The service will be left with 26 active F-5 fighters The Swiss military has indicated of its desire to retire 27 Northrop F-5s from service. Four aircraft have already been donated to museums. The rest have been grounded and buyers have been found. Switzerland will be left with 26 active F-5s. These aircraft will flank the Swiss Air Force F/A-18 Hornets...
NASA Uses Shape Memory Alloys to Fold F/A-18 Wing
Using shape memory alloys to move a full-sized wing section could increase aircraft performance by reducing weight and drag, while improving aircraft control Engineers from NASA’s Glenn Research Center, NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center and Boeing have successfully used shape memory alloys (SMA) to move a full-sized wing section of an F/A-18 Hornet. According to the news release the 300-pound wing...
U.S. Naval Aviator explains how he and his wingman were able to RTB after their F/A-18 fighters collided during air combat training
"It was a significant testament to the construction of the F/A-18—that we were able to fly both aircraft after the damage they sustained. The squadron and Navy completed the investigations and we were returned to flight status in about two months," LCDR Greg "Stubby" Stubbs, former VFC-12 adversary pilot LCDR Greg "Stubby" Stubbs describes the mid-air collision that took place...
Former VFC-13 Adversary Pilot explains how you can fly and fight in the iconic F-5 Tiger II
"I once matched an F-14D through a double-Immelman, though at the top I was desperately stirring the pot clawing for purchase. But the Tomcat driver was so unnerved that he was off his game for the rest of the fight. It was in this way that the F-5 actualized its mission. It was a pilot’s machine that rewarded its...

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