F/A-18

Naval Aviator recalls when an F/A-18 pilot made a night trap on a carrier having the Ball (Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System) turned off

Naval Aviator recalls when an F/A-18 pilot made a night trap on a carrier having the Ball (Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System) turned off

It takes skills and nerves of ice for a US Navy pilot to land an aircraft on a carrier’s flight… Read More

1 month ago

US Navy F/A-18 pilot tells why Hornet drivers cut the fingertips off their gloves

Fighter pilots While the life of a fighter pilot might seem very adventurous and full of fun, a lot of… Read More

1 month ago

The right airplane at the wrong time: Naval Aviator involved in the ATF program explains why US continues to upgrade and produce F-15, F-16 and F/A-18 but not the F-22

F-22 Raptor retirement As already reported, Speaking during the McAleese FY2022 Defense Programs Conference Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., Air… Read More

1 month ago

US Navy F/A-18 pilot recalls when he was launched on Alert 5 to intercept an Iranian patrol aircraft that ended up being a C-2 COD

Alert 5 Alert 5, also referred to as Ready Five, is a condition of high alert for aircraft crews on… Read More

2 months ago

EA-18G pilot explains why the F/A-18 Super Hornet wings when folded are not closer to the wing root

The F/A-18 Super Hornet The F/A-18E and F/A-18F are designed to meet current Navy fighter escort and interdiction mission requirements,… Read More

3 months ago

The story of the US Navy F/A-18 that was able to land safely without canopy, with a KC-10 refueling basket stuck in its refueling probe

Air-to-Air Refueling, a dangerous process Air-to-Air Refueling (AAR) is a force multiplier. Aerial refueling allows aircraft to remain in the… Read More

3 months ago

45 Years of F/A-18 Legacy Hornet, the US Navy’s first multirole aircraft

45 Years of F/A-18 Legacy Hornet Born out of necessity and innovation, the US Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet introduced a level… Read More

3 months ago

Unique video shows Swiss Air Force F/A-18 Hornets doing road crossing taxi at the picturesque Meiringen Air Base

Swiss Air Force F/A-18 Hornets at Meiringen Air Base Filmed by our friend Dafydd Phillips on Oct. 18, 2023 the… Read More

4 months ago

Swiss Air Force Axalp 2023 (4K): the best F/A-18 Hornet demo video you’ve ever seen

Swiss Air Force Boeing F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters’ incredible display at Axalp 2023. Filmed by our friend Dafydd Phillips on… Read More

4 months ago

[Video] VMFAT-101 F/A-18 Hornets “Fly the Barn” 18 Ship Formation to honor SharpShooters legacy on the day of the Squadron Deactivation

VMFAT-101 SharpShooters F/A-18 Hornets Formation for the Squadron Deactivation The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) deactivated Marine Fighter Attack Training… Read More

5 months ago

USMC F/A-18 pilots explain how they successfully located downed civilian aircraft that led emergency response personnel to provide medical assistance to the injured

‘Once Lt.Col. Christopher Baker located him, I remained up high to act as a radio relay with Fort Worth Center… Read More

5 months ago

Legendary “Sled Driver” Brian Shul tells the story behind his famed SR-71 Blackbird Ground Speed Check

“Sled Driver” Brian Shul As every aviation geek knows, legendary “Sled Driver” Brian Shul passed away in the night of… Read More

6 months ago

Naval Aviator explains why the F/A-18 has its rudders deflected inward during cat shot

The F/A-18 The F/A-18 Hornet became the US’ first all-weather fighter and attack aircraft, and was designed for traditional strike… Read More

6 months ago

Chief Petty Officer explains why the US Navy gave up plans to fit conformal fuel tanks on its F/A-18 Super Hornet fleet

Conformal fuel tanks for US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fleet Conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) are additional fuel tanks fitted closely… Read More

7 months ago

US Navy issues Boeing $200 million to keep its F/A-18E/F production line humming ahead of a congressionally mandated 20 Super Hornet strike fighter buy

The Jun. 1, 2023 Defense Department contract announcement says that the contract modification specifically “procures critical long lead material and… Read More

9 months ago