Tag: F/A-18

US Navy Super Hornet and Growler Fleets Above 80% Mission-Capable
Currently Super Hornet and Growler readiness each stand above 80 percent of Primary Mission Aircraft Inventory, at 343 and 95 aircraft, respectively. Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) announced on Sep. 24, 2019 that Naval Aviation has achieved its Secretary of Defense-mandated readiness target of an 80 percent mission-capable (MC) rate for both its...
Meet Leslie Shook, the voice behind F/A-18 Super Hornet’s Bitchin’ Betty
Every technician and every pilot who has trained on or flown in an F-18 has heard Leslie's stern commands. Her voice is affectionately known in the fighter jet world as Bitchin' Betty. "I have loved these planes for a lot of years," said Boeing employee Leslie Shook as she gazed up at the...
Finnish F/A-18C Vs Swiss F/A-18C: Cool Video features Hornet Display Comparison
Which is the best F/A-18C display in your opinion? Taken at RAF Fairford during Royal International Air Show 2019 airshow, the cool video in this post features a comparison between the breathtaking displays performed by Finnish Air Force and Swiss Air Force F/A-18C Hornet strike fighters. Which is the best...
The new company last sold the stop-check valve at $3,069.98 each. Previously, the same piece of equipment instead was sold by GE Aviation for $1,333.00 each. Research by BidLink.net found that a stop-check valve being fitted inside the fuel tanks of Super Hornets and Growlers has nearly doubled in price after GE Aviation...
Vintage video features Northrop YF-17 Cobra rollout
The Northrop YF-17 Cobra was a lightweight fighter aircraft designed for the United States Air Force's Lightweight Fighter (LWF) technology evaluation program. The silent film footage in this post shows the unveiling of the Northrop YF-17 Cobra, a jet fighter aircraft that, unfortunately for Northrop, never made it past the prototype stage, but...
Airbus brings two RAF Typhoons to Payerne Air Base and aims to win competition for next Swiss Air Force Fighter
As Airbus spokesman told to The Aviation Geek Club, the jets were British because the RAF has Tranche 3 Typhoons, the newest configuration of the European multi-role fighter aircraft. Switzerland kicked off the fly competition for the five types of combat aircraft under consideration (Eurofighter Typhoon, the Boeing F-18 Super Hornet, the...
In the wake of A-29 fatal crash during flight testing, USAF terminates flying phase of OA-X competition
The mission was a continuation training sortie in support of the Light Attack Experiment Phase II. An Air Force Materiel Command Accident Investigation Board (AIB) has identified the cause of an A-29 Super Tucano crash which killed a U.S. Navy fighter pilot this past summer in New Mexico.
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...
Video shows first of three “new” F/A-18B Hornets arriving at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center
The second F/A-18B is coming from NAS Patuxent River and is expected to arrive in the coming weeks. The third Hornet is coming from the U.S. Naval Air Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas, in early 2019 Brought to my attention by Christian Nentwig, an aviation enthusiast and a reader of The Aviation Geek Club, the interesting video in...
Top Gun: Maverick Production Halted So Tom Cruise Can Learn to fly F/A-18
"He won't film all the flight sequences, it's too dangerous, but he will fly some, making him the first actor in cinema history to do so," source close to Top Gun: Maverick production According to The Sun, Tom Cruise has reportedly put the filming of Top Gun: Maverick on hold so that he can learn to fly an F/A-18 fighter...

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