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MiG-25 pilot who shot down Speicher’s F/A-18, could have shot down an A-6 too. But he was ordered to RTB because Iraqi GCI feared he was engaging an IrAF MiG-29.
“I wondered what the missile would look like as it came off his wing toward us,” Cdr Robert Besal, A-6 Intruder B/N. On the night of Jan. 17, 1991 after Lt Zuhair Dawoud shot down Lt Cdr Scott "Spike" Speicher F/A-18C Hornet, he banked right to give the blast a wide berth, and...
s Farewell to the F/A-18C Legacy Hornet
“The Hornet is known as many things,” said Cmdr. Mathis. “Legacy, highly reliable, multi-role attack fighter… but to us, she will always be an old friend,” Cmdr William Mathis, CO of VFA-34 Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 hosted a sundown ceremony and fly-over for the F/A-18C Legacy Hornet aircraft at Naval Air...
Last U.S. Navy F/A-18C Legacy Hornet squadron returns to NAS Oceana after historic deployment
VFA-34 ‘Blueblasters’ is the last combat unit within the service to operate the Legacy Hornet The U.S. Navy is planning to fly an operational F/A-18C for the last time on Feb. 1 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana. Strike Fighter Squadron 34 (VFA-34) ‘Blueblasters’ is the last combat...
This VFA-81 F/A-18C driver scored the first (of only two) U.S. Navy MiG Kill during Operation Desert Storm
"This is the first time to my knowledge that an airplane scored a kill while carrying four 2,000-lb bombs, then continued on to hit its target,” Lieutenant Commander Mark Fox, VFA-81 F/A-18 Hornet Pilot On Jan. 17, 1991 Lieutenant Commander Mark Fox and Lieutenant Nick Mongillo launched with five other VFA-81 F/A-18 Hornets as part...
APG-83 integrated onto USMC F/A-18C
The APG-83 is a multifunction AESA fire control radar that delivers fifth-generation fighter capabilities to counter and defeat increasingly sophisticated threats Northrop Grumman has performed a successful integration of its APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) onto a U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) F/A-18C at MCAS Miramar. The fit check, performed Aug. 2, 2018 at the request of the Marine Corps, demonstrated...
Last U.S. Navy F/A-18C Legacy Hornet squadron returns to NAS Oceana after historic deployment
This was VFA-34's final deployment flying the F/A-18C Legacy Hornet. They'll be the last U.S. Navy squadron to transition to the F/A-18E Super Hornet U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 'Blueblasters' returned to Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana on Apr. 11, 2018 after a historic record-setting deployment. The unit in January to join their air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW)...
Finnish Air Force pilot traps F/A-18C Hornet on an aircraft carrier for the first time
"I'm excited to bring back a lot of real experience. Not theory, but real life training experience. Now this is all reality to me, and I have a better understanding of the big picture," Capt. Juha “Stallion” Jrvinen, Finnish Air Force Finland now has a fighter pilot qualified for aircraft carrier ops after Capt. Juha “Stallion” Jrvinen performed an arrested...
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...
16 Hornets have already been shipped to the maintenance facility at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Fla., where Boeing, under a USMC contract, is installing the F/A-18C+ upgrade Tucson’s 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) recently completed a project to withdraw 23 F/A-18C Hornet jet fighters from war-reserve storage and deliver them to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) for return...
The Su-22 shot down represents the first air-to-air kill scored by a U.S. Navy aircraft since Operation Desert Storm and the first aerial victory credited to the F/A-18 Super Hornet As reported by Reuters on Jun. 18, 2017, the Pentagon claimed that a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter bomber shot down a Syrian Sukhoi Su-22 in the southern Raqqa...

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