Tag: F/A-18 Hornet

Hornet Vs Fulcrum: when U.S. Navy F/A-18s flew to Germany to dogfight with Luftwaffe MiG-29s
"I had a MiG-29 Fulcrum right where I wanted him in a really slow airspeed fight when I saw him light his afterburners and accelerate straight up away from me—amazing!," David Rash, F/A-18 Hornet driver Designed in response to a new generation of American fighters, which included the F-15, F-16 and F/A-18, the MiG-29 Fulcrum presented a formidable threat to Western pilots. Among...
Super cool Max degree video shows Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets takeoff as seen from the team slot position
2018 is the team's 72nd anniversary and marks the Blue Angels' 32nd year flying the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet Taken on Apr. 27, 2018 from inside the cockpit of Lcdr Nate Scott's F/A-18, the following "MAX degree video" shows U.S. Navy Blue Angels Hornets takeoff at the Wings Over Myrtle Beach Airshow as seen from Blue Angel #4, the team slot...
300th F/A-18E single-seat Super Hornet delivered to the U.S. Navy
"The 300th F/A-18E Super Hornet will serve in the Navy for the next 15 to 25 years and it will reach an extended service life of 9,000 flight hours before it is retired," U.S. Navy Capt. Paul Filardi, DCMA Boeing St. Louis commander A Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Boeing St. Louis pilot recently delivered the 300th F/A-18E single-seat variant...
Blue Angel #5 suffered a bird strike at the Vero Beach air show
Lead solo pilot Lt. Tyler Davies was able to land the jet safely A Blue Angels F/A-18 had a bird strike at the Vero Beach air show on Apr. 21. The number five aircraft had ingested a bird during the display. The incident happened Saturday when lead solo pilot Lt. Tyler Davies was taking part in the team's demonstration. Davies was able...
The story of Tammie Jo Shults, the heroic former female U.S. Naval Aviator who safely landed her stricken Boeing 737
“Southwest 1380, we’re single engine. We have part of the aircraft missing so we’re going to need to slow down a bit,” Tammie Jo Shults, Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 pilot Tammie Jo Shults's voice was calm yet focused as her Boeing 737-700 descended with 149 people on board. “Southwest 1380, we’re single engine,” Shults, a former fighter pilot with the...
That time a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet landed safely with a KC-10 refueling basket stuck in its refueling probe
The refueling basket became disconnected from a USAF KC-10 during an air-to-air refueling mission, shattering the Hornet’s canopy Taken on Feb. 1, 2002, the main image of the article shows maintenance personnel dispatched from the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) removing a refueling basket from the refueling probe on an F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter assigned...
Swiss to vote (again) on fighter purchase
The purchasing of new fighter planes has stalled after the Swiss people voted against the acquisition of 22 JAS-39 Gripen fighter jets in 2014 Switzerland will ask its citizens to vote whether to buy a new fighter for the country by 2020, Swissinfo.ch reports. However, the type of aircraft will only be known after the voting process. Noteworthy the purchasing of new fighter planes has...
USMC ready to deploy APKWS on F/A-18 Hornet
APKWS is a low-cost precision-guided 2.75-inch rocket system that integrates a low-cost Distributed Aperture Semi-Active Laser Seeker guidance section with existing Hydra 70 rocket motors The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) is ready to be deployed on the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) F/A-18 Hornets. As reported by Jane's, in a Feb. 27 Twitter post, the Naval Air Systems Command...
Blue-On-Blue! The story of the U.S. Navy F/A-18 that was shot down by a U.S. Army PAC-3 Patriot missile battery during OIF
"The Patriot is by far the most lethal SAM system in the world, and there is no aeroplane in existence that is going to get away from it. The missile itself is also designed to bias its impact on the nose of the aircraft so as to kill the pilot. If a Patriot is fired at your aircraft, you...
Check out this video of when a typical U.S. Navy Carrier Air Wing was filled with many beautiful, colorful and different aircraft
There was a time when the Carrier Air Wings crowded the decks with airplanes of different shapes, sizes and capabilities Today a typical U.S. Navy Carrier Air Wing (CVW) is associated with the McDonnell Douglas, now Boeing, F/A-18 variants. In fact the typical mix of a current CVW is one F/A-18F (two-seat) Super Hornet squadron, and three single-seat F/A-18E Super Hornet...

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