Tag: F/A-18

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...
Boat Captain to U.S. Naval Aviator: "Buzz Us Like Tom Cruise Did The Tower In Top Gun"video
"When the U.S. Navy asks if you would like a fly by the only appropriate response is…. Please buzz us like Tom Cruise did on Top Gun!" Matt Wirt, U.S. Coast Guard Charter Captain Matt Wirt, a U.S. Coast Guard Charter Captain from Wilmington got a surprise fly-by guest on Aug. 29, 2018 after an unusual transmission came over the...
Undelivered aircraft have been found with missing, backwards and out-of-specification fasteners. Jets under assembly are inadvertently damaged when they hit maintenance work stands or other equipment on the floor Bloomberg has reported that the Pentagon is faulting Boeing for continuing quality, management and other deficiencies in the production of F-15s and F/A-18 fighters at its St Louis production facility. Undelivered aircraft...
LSO remotely takes over F/A-18 thanks to ATARI - no, not the iconic gaming system from the 80s
ATARI technology gives LSOs the ability to take over and maneuver aircraft during recovery operations For the first time, a landing signals officer (LSO) was able to remotely take over a F/A-18 on the glide path and bring it aboard an aircraft carrier for a touch-and-go. The technology, dubbed aircraft terminal approach remote inceptor (ATARI), was tested out at sea on...
USS Ronald Reagan carrier scrambles multiple F/A-18s to intercept Russian Tu-95 bombers near North Korea
"The interaction between the U.S. F/A-18s and Russian Tu-95s were safe and professional and it took place more than 80 miles from the carrier," Lt. Cmdr. Nicole Schwegman According to Fox News, Russian nuclear bombers approaching the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) off the coast of North Korea have been intercepted at more than 80 miles from the...