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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...
That time a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet performed a high-speed flyby that dispersed a riot and... Wowed an Iraqi child
"I smiled to myself and breathed a prayer: 'Lord, please let that little guy grow up to be a pilot - he'll never forget his first up-close glimpse of an aeroplane!", Capt Mark Fox, VFA-137 F/A-18 Hornet pilot The F/A-18 Hornet, in its various guises, was the 'universal soldier' of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), with some 250 seeing combat during...
USMC aviators are flying more than USAF pilots
The Marines have steadily been pushing to increase flight hours and to get more aircraft and pilots in the air Although both the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and U.S. Air Force (USAF) are facing pilot shortages and aircraft readiness problems that have left a large number of aircraft grounded, according Marine Corps Times the USMC aviators have increased their monthly...
Canada's "new" Australian F/A-18 Hornet fighters are in need to upgrade their ejection seats and external lighting
The country will also have to make sure the Australian F/A-18 aircraft don’t have fatigue issues similar to their CF-18s Edmonton Journal reports that Canada plans to upgrade the ejection seats and external lighting of the Australian F/A-18 Hornet fighters when they are bought over. Canada will also have to make sure the jets don’t have fatigue issues similar to their...
RCAF to fly CF-18 fighters till 2032
Improvements to maintain the CF-18 fleet have also been ongoing and another upgrade program is in the works At a recent industry day to outline Canada’s plan for a new fighter, industry representatives were told that the CF-18 will continue to operate till 2032. Ottawa expects the winner to deliver the first aircraft in 2025 and complete the deliveries of 88...
Cool video shows A400M airlifter refueling six Spanish F/A-18s in one flight
Although only six F/A-18s were involved, the A400M mission simulated the refueling of eight aircraft via multiple contacts  The interesting video in this post shows the A400M ability to deliver fuel to six F/A-18s in a single mission during a recent air-to-air refueling (AAR) human factors certification flight on Dec. 13, 2017. Configured with two underwing pods and a centre hose...

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