Video shows an F-18 Hornet “shooting down” an A-4 Skyhawk during bomb deployment test

Video shows an F-18 Hornet “shooting down” an A-4 Skyhawk during bomb deployment test

By Dario Leone
Jun 27 2020
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The shocking video in this post features an A-4 Skyhawk caught in the middle of a disaster during the filming of a US Navy F-18 bomb deployment test.

The shocking video in this post features an A-4 Skyhawk caught in the middle of a disaster during the filming of a US Navy F-18 bomb deployment test, according to Military.com.

The then McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet was designed for aircraft carrier duty and was the first tactical aircraft designed to carry out both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. The U.S. Marines ordered it as an F-18 fighter and the Navy as an A-18 attack aircraft. It can switch roles easily and can also be adapted for photoreconnaissance and electronic countermeasure missions.

Video shows an F-18 Hornet “shooting down” an A-4 Skyhawk during bomb deployment test
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The F/A-18 Hornet was also the first aircraft to have carbon fiber wings. Variants included a two-seater, an improved fighter, a reconnaissance aircraft and a night-attack fighter.

Hornets entered active duty in January 1983. In 1986, Hornets on the USS Coral Sea flew their first combat missions. During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, while performing an air-to-ground mission, Hornets switched to fighter mode and destroyed two Iraqi MiG-21s in air-to-air combat, then switched back to attack mode and successfully completed their air-to-ground mission. During 2001, Hornets provided around-the-clock battlefield coverage in the Afghanistan Theater of operations.


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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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