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  • Liberals planning to buy Super Hornet fighter jets before making final decision on F-35s

    06/06/2016 4:25:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    OTTAWA CITIZEN ^ | 06.04.2016 | Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen and John Ivison |
    OTTAWA — The Liberal government is intent on buying Super Hornet fighter jets, according to multiple sources. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet reportedly discussed the issue last week, and while no formal decision was taken, one top-level official said: “They have made up their minds and are working on the right narrative to support it.” Rather than a full replacement of the air force’s aging CF-18 fighter fleet, it’s believed the purchase will be labelled an interim measure to fill what Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has warned is a pending “gap” in Canada’s military capabilities. The Liberals promised during the...
  • A New, "Super" F-35 to Rule the U.S. Military?

    12/19/2014 7:50:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    National Interest ^ | December 19, 2014 | David Majumdar
    Advanced derivatives of the tri-service Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could replace the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor, Boeing F-15C Eagle and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, multiple sources told the National Interest. However, they added that the idea of replacing the high flying and fast Raptor with the slower and less agile F-35 was not well received by many within the Air Force. “No doubt that the F-35 will be doing air dominance missions in the future,” one industry official said. “Especially with more internal air-to-air, and maybe a new engine.”
  • Boeing Fighter Jet Rival Gets Stronger

    12/29/2015 12:34:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 2015/12/25 | Rich Smith
    Man, Boeing (NYSE:BA) just cannot catch a break. For a while there, 2015 was starting to look like the year Boeing defense got its wings back. In February, opining that "stealth may be overrated," U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert began laying the groundwork for the U.S. Navy breaking up with Lockheed Martin's F-35C fighter jet, and buying a bunch of Boeing F/A-18s for its carriers instead. Earlier this month, the Air Force floated a trial balloon of its own. In a controversial revelation, the Air Force suggested it was considering buying as many as six dozen cheaper...
  • The Most Experienced Pilots of the American F-14 Tom Cat Fighter Jets are Iranians

    04/05/2015 8:55:11 AM PDT · by pinochet · 43 replies
    Did You Know that American advanced F-14 Tom Cat Fighter Jets, helped to keep Ayatollah Khomeini in Power during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s? When Iran was under the pro-American Shah of Iran, America sold 79 F-14 Tom Cats to Iran in 1974-1978. The world's most experienced combat pilots in the F-14 are Iranians. According to Wikipedia: "...In 1980, an Iranian F-14 shot down an Iraqi Mil Mi-25 helicopter for its first air-to-air kill during the Iran–Iraq War. According to research by Tom Cooper, within the first six months of the war Iranian F-14s scored over 50 air-to-air victories,...
  • Newest U.S. Stealth Fighter ‘10 Years Behind’ Older Jets

    12/27/2014 4:24:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    America’s $400 billion, top-of-the-line aircraft can’t see the battlefield all that well. Which means it’s actually worse than its predecessors at fighting today’s wars. When the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally enters service next year after nearly two decades in development, it won’t be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today. Its sensors won’t be able to see the battlefield as well; and what video the F-35 does capture, it won’t be able to transmit to infantrymen in real time. Versions of the new single-engine stealth fighter are set to...
  • Advanced Super Hornet Demonstrates Significant Stealth, Range Improvements

    08/28/2013 7:41:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Boeing ^ | August 28, 2013
    Advanced Super Hornet Demonstrates Significant Stealth, Range Improvements - Tests prove aircraft will outpace future threats ST. LOUIS, Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- During three weeks of flight testing the Advanced Super Hornet, Boeing [NYSE: BA] and partner Northrop Grumman demonstrated that the fighter can outperform threats for decades to come with improvements that make the jet much harder for radar to detect and give it significantly more combat range. Through 21 flights in St. Louis and Patuxent River, Md., that began Aug. 5, the team tested conformal fuel tanks (CFT), an enclosed weapons pod (EWP), and signature enhancements, each...
  • Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet flies with CFTs and weapons pod

    08/09/2013 5:50:17 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flight Global Blogs ^ | 9 August, 2013 | Dave Majumdar
    Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet flies with CFTs and weapons pod Boeing has released this photo of a US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet in the air equipped with conformal fuel tanks and a weapons pod near Saint Louis, Missouri. The hardware is not functional, but is designed to test the aerodynamic qualities of the tanks and pod. Some advanced low-observables treatments are also expected to be tested on the jet which is being leased by the company for the trials. - See more at:
  • F-14D Tomcat vs. F/18 E/F Super Hornet

    12/21/2001 9:30:45 AM PST · by LSUfan · 69 replies · 30,555+ views
    Flight Journal Magazine ^ | February 2002 Issue | Bob Kress and RADM Gilchrist USN (Ret)
    Editors Note: Every airplane that goes into service is accompanied by controversy. This is especially true of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Our two experts argue that the Super Hornet is not necessarily the airplane the Navy needs for the future, and their backgrounds lend weight to their arguments. Rear Admiral Paul Gillcrist U.S. Navy (Ret.) spent 33 years as a fighter jet pilot and wing commander and was operations commander for all Pacific Fleet fighters. Bob Kress is an aeronautical engineer and, during his long career at Grumman, he was directly involved in the development of the F-14 Tomcat. Their ...
  • Boeing aims to keep building F/A-18 jets through 2020

    05/13/2013 11:00:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 10, 2013 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    Boeing aims to keep building F/A-18 jets through 2020 By Andrea Shalal-Esa Published May 10, 2013 Reuters WASHINGTON – Boeing Co could keep building its Super Hornet fighter jet and a modified electronic attack version through 2020, the company said, given prospects for over 200 foreign sales and what it sees as up to 150 more sales to the U.S. Navy. Michael Gibbons, Boeing vice president for F/A-18 and EA-18 programs, spent part of this week pitching additional sales of Boeing's last fighter jet to congressional staffers in a triple-wide trailer packed with simulators, displays and souvenirs. His mission? To...
  • Ahmadinejad Unveils New Iranian-Made Fighter Jet

    02/02/2013 4:46:28 AM PST · by Fennie · 67 replies
    HAARETZ ^ | February 2, 2013 | By The Associated Press and DPA
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has unveiled the country's newest fighter jet, which officials claim can evade radar. Ahmadinejad said at a Saturday ceremony broadcast on state TV that Qaher-313, or Dominant-313, showed Iran's will to "capture peaks." Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi says Qaher is "fully indigenous," designed and built by Iranian aerospace experts. The domestically designed and developed Qaher-313 is similar to the US-built F/A-18, the report said. Photos released by the official IRNA news agency shows Qaher as a single-seat jet, described as a fighter-bomber that can combat both other aircraft and ground targets.
  • Boeing Super Hornet faces emerging anti-access challenges

    05/29/2012 7:55:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Flight International ^ | 28 May 2012 | Dave Majumdar
    Boeing Super Hornet faces emerging anti-access challenges  The US Navy is upgrading its fleet of Boeing F/A-18E/F fighters with new capabilities, but analysts question the Super Hornet's utility against emerging anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) threats. "Upgrading the F/A-18 family is a good idea, and it could extend their service lives," says analyst Mark Gunzinger of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). "That being said, F/A-18-based platforms are short-range, lack unrefueled persistence, and are best suited for operations in relatively uncontested airspace." ©Peter Collins/Flightglobal But in the future, uncontested airspace is unlikely to remain the norm as potential adversaries...
  • The Navy Kicks off the Search for Its Next Fighter

    04/17/2012 8:20:04 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 16 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 04/16/2012 | Staff
    Speaking of F/A-XX, the Navy’s planned 6th generation fighter that will replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, below you’ll find the Navy’s brand new Request for Information on the aircraft. By Brand new, I mean it just dropped on Friday. Whatever jet is selected will hopefully replace the Super Hornets around 2030, said Rear Adm. Donald Gaddis this afternoon at the Navy League’s annual Sea, Air, Space conference in National Harbor, Md. Before the Navy can settle on the final capabilities such a plane will have, it needs to know what types of technology the defense industry can bring to the...
  • Navy jet crashes into apartments in Virginia

    04/06/2012 10:28:44 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 43 replies ^ | April 6, 2012 | Mike Ahlers and Barbara Starr
    (CNN) -- A Navy jet crashed Friday into some apartments near Virginia Beach, Virginia, sending flames and thick black smoke into the air, a military spokesman and a witness said. Two apartment buildings were on fire, CNN affiliate WTKR reporting, citing witnesses. The jet was from Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The crew of the two-seater F/A-18 safely ejected, but their condition wasn't known, a Navy spokesman said. The plane is from a training squadron, the Navy said. George Pilkington, an eye witness to the crash, said he was the plane flying low,...
  • Boeing's Super Hornet competes for sales in Congress and abroad

    10/28/2011 7:59:58 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    St Louis Beacon ^ | 10.28.11 | Robert Koenig
    Boeing's Super Hornet competes for sales in Congress and abroad By Robert Koenig, Beacon Washington correspondent Posted 5:45 pm Fri., 10.28.11 WASHINGTON - Like a strike fighter aircraft that averts danger from all directions as it heads toward its mission, the political agility of the Boeing Corp.'s F/A-18 Super Hornet program is being tested as it maneuvers through congressional budget-cutters, dodges errant flak from the Missouri legislature and hones in on foreign sales. The mission: selling enough Super Hornet strike fighters to maintain profitability and keep open the production line. And the stakes are high in the St. Louis region,...
  • Search Underway for Missing U.S. Fighter Jet Off San Diego Coast

    08/11/2011 2:24:04 AM PDT · by Doogle · 8 replies
    FoxNews. ^ | 08/10/11 | FOXNEWS
    San Diego – A search off the coast of San Diego is underway after the US Navy lost communication with a fighter jet, according to a U.S. Coast Guard statement to Fox News early Thursday. The navy informed the Coast Guard at about 10:30pm local time Wednesday that they had lost contact with the F-18 jet about 58 miles (93km) off the coast of San Diego.
  • U.S. Navy celebrates 500th Super Hornet, Growler program delivery

    04/21/2011 8:55:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    U.S. Navy celebrates 500th Super Hornet, Growler program delivery 14:04 GMT, April 21, 2011 ST. LOUIS, Mo. | The U.S. Navy and its industry partners marked the 500th delivery of the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft during a celebration at the Boeing facility here yesterday. “Today is another significant milestone for a program that has by any measure exceeded expectations for cost, schedule and performance. The PMA-265/Hornet Industry Team has consistently delivered capable and reliable aircraft to our fleet customer,” said Capt. Mark Darrah, F/A-18 and EA-18G program manager (PMA-265). Industry partners Northrop Grumman, General Electric Aircraft Engines...
  • Obama pushes for 'Jet deal'

    03/15/2011 8:36:10 PM PDT · by Sancho1984 · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The United States has begun to exert pressure on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in what coould be called open lobbying for F-16 fighter planes. TIMES NOW is in possession of copy of the letter sent by US President Barack Obama to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh exerting pressure for a fighter deal. In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh dated February 4, 2011 Obama stated that buying Amercan Boeing F/A-18 IN and Lockheed Martin F-6IN will improve strategic ties between India and US. In his letter to Manmohan Singh, US President Barack Obama wrote, "In the spirit of this...
  • Boeing to showcase its advanced Super Hornet fighter

    02/07/2011 8:55:21 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies
    The Economnic Times ^ | 2/7/2011 | The Economic Times
    US Defence major Boeing will unveil an advanced version of its F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft here at the biennial Aero India show starting Thursday. "We are going to display a mock up of the Super Hornet international roadmap aircraft at the air show," Boeing Defence, Space and Security India head Vivek Lall told PTI here. The International Super Hornet Roadmap features futuristic enhancements made in the aircraft for international customers and would also allow them to specify their requirements to be equipped in their fighters. The Super Hornet is in the race for supplying 126 Medium-Multirole Combat Aircraft (M-MRCA)...
  • Boeing to unveil stealthier F/A-18 aircraft

    02/03/2011 3:56:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    DNA ^ | 2/2/2011 | Hemanth CS
    A mocked up version of Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet will be among the many metal birds to debut at the upcoming Aero India 2011 Boeing, which is one of the contenders for the $10 billion medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contract, will unveil a stealthier version of the F/A-18 at the air show to be held at the Air Force Station Yelahanka between February 9 and 13. Boeing’s vice-president for defence, space and security, Vivek Lall, said that one of the two F/A-18s which will be performing at the bi-annual show will be configured with conformal fuel tanks, enhanced performance...
  • Boeing to unveil stealthier F/A-18aircraft

    02/02/2011 9:00:40 PM PST · by STARSCREAM1987 · 10 replies
    A mocked up version of Boeing ’s F/A-18 Super Hornet will be among the many metal birds to debut at the upcoming Aero India 2011. Boeing, which is one of the contenders for the $10 billion medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contract, will unveil a stealthier version of the F/A-18 at the air show to be held at the Air Force Station Yelahanka between February 9 and 13. Boeing’s vice president and country head for defence, space and security,Vivek Lal, said that one of the two F/A-18s which will be performing at the bi-annual show will be configured with conformal...
  • Boeing to unveil stealthier F/A-18 aircraft

    02/02/2011 7:47:59 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Daily News Analysis ^ | Feb 2, 2011 | Hemanth CS
    Boeing to unveil stealthier F/A-18 aircraft Published: Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011, 19:02 IST By Hemanth CS | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA A mocked up version of Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet will be among the many metal birds to debut at the upcoming Aero India 2011. Boeing, which is one of the contenders for the $10 billion medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contract, will unveil a stealthier version of the F/A-18 at the air show to be held at the Air Force Station Yelahanka between February 9 and 13. Boeing’s vice president and country head for defence, space and security,...
  • Gates suggests US fighters for Japan

    01/17/2011 12:26:03 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    AFP via Defense Talk ^ | 1/14/2011 | AFP via Defense Talk
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday suggested Japan should consider buying US fighter jets, during talks in Tokyo, as the country plans for new warplanes, a US official said. In a meeting with Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa, Gates "suggested Japan consider three US planes to upgrade their fleet," the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the F/A-18 Hornet and the F-15 Eagle, the senior defence official told AFP. Gates offered that the Pentagon could provide Japan with an analysis of the merits of each aircraft, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Japan is taking stock of its defence hardware...
  • Pentagon delays F-35, buys more Boeing fighters

    01/06/2011 5:59:48 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 6, 2011 7:14pm EST | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    (Reuters) - The Pentagon overhauled the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter program for the second time in a year and said it would buy 41 Boeing Co F/A-18 warplanes over the next three years to offset slower production of the Lockheed plane. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced on Thursday a further restructuring of the radar-evading F-35 as part of a broad cost-reduction plan, saving it would result in net savings of about $4 billion over the next five years. The Pentagon's biggest arms program, the new fighter is being developed with eight international partner countries at total cost of $382...
  • Beyond Myths (Super Hornet capabilities)

    12/22/2010 9:23:39 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Force Magazine ^ | 12/01/2010 | Vidhi Upadhyay
    Beyond Myths Super Hornets’ classic design compliments its advanced strike capability By Vidhi Upadhyay New Delhi: Boeing Defence and Security wants to do away with the biggest myth that exists regarding the F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, its contender for the MRCA contract for the IAF — that it is a 40-year old aircraft, which if you go by the systems and sensors on the aircraft — it is not. The reason the misconception exists primarily is due to the fact that this fourth generation aircraft takes its general shape from its predecessor aircraft — the Classic Hornet and it is this...
  • EMALS Readies for Launch with Super Hornet

    09/24/2010 9:52:42 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 3 replies
    Naval Air Systems Command Press Release ^ | 23 Sept 2010 | Naval Air Systems Command
    NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) completed catapult commissioning testing for its system functional demonstration at NAVAIR Lakehurst, N.J., last week. “The team has successfully completed no-load and dead-load launches in all areas of the required performance envelope,” said Capt. James Donnelly, Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment program manager. “The program’s test performance and data supports moving from SFD commissioning to full SFD testing.” Among the test points accomplished, the team recently completed a 154-knot dead-load launch equivalent to the weight of an F/A-18E Super Hornet, the first platform to be launched...
  • Marine Aviation has no Other Option but Wait for JSF

    03/07/2010 10:48:58 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 38 replies · 761+ views
    Defense Update ^ | 03/01/2010 | Defense Update
    The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are running out of fighters. Heavy wear and tear over nearly a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan has depleted the two services’ combined fighter force. Purchases of new planes have been delayed by controversial planning decisions. As a result, U.S. maritime forces operate at elevated risk. Robotic systems could help mitigate this risk, but the Navy has resisted adopting pilot-less aircraft.The U.S. Navy also has shortage of fighters, primarily F/A-18C/Ds. Together, both services are currently short by around 50 aircraft, but this so-called “fighter gap” could deepen to an estimated 125 aircraft...
  • Is American Air Power on the Verge of Collapse?

    02/04/2009 8:38:43 AM PST · by pobeda1945 · 44 replies · 1,886+ views
    Defence Insights ^ | February 2, 2009
    The Australian think-tank, Air Power Australia (APA), has released another in their series of techno-strategy papers, this time analysing the advancements in Russian-built Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS) (, and what it means in global strategic terms for the Americans. The APA report is direct and unequivocal – Russian radar and missiles have improved to the point where the US fleet of F-15s, F-16s and F/A-18s, as well as the planned Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), are not capable of surviving against these systems and unless the Americans build another four hundred-plus F-22s, they will lose the strategic advantage they have...
  • F-18 Crashes into home near San Diego

    12/08/2008 12:22:04 PM PST · by dragnet2 · 228 replies · 14,446+ views
    KFI ^ | 12/8/08
  • F/A-18 fighter is IAF's best bet: US Navy

    LEMOORE NAVAL AIR STATION (CALIFORNIA): The race for a $10 billion Indian order for 126 fighters just got hotter with the US Navy enthusiastically batting for the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, saying it was best suited for an Indian Air Force (IAF) requirement for a multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA). Such was the spirit with which UN Navy pilots put the jet through its paces at this sprawling air base in central California that it left no doubt it was making a strong pitch for the fighter that it assisted Boeing in developing. "The F/A-18 has delivered on all that it...
  • Navy Jets Improperly Repaired for Years, Reports Confirm

    10/03/2007 3:05:58 PM PDT · by chaos_5 · 36 replies · 1,104+ views ^ | September 27, 2007 | Fred Lucas
    A Naval facility in San Diego, Calif., has wrongly assembled the part that supplies electricity to fighter jets being used by the U.S. Navy and sold to ally-countries since 2001 - and possibly since as early as 1981. But government officials found no urgency to recall the planes. Meanwhile, a government mechanic who exposed the maintenance problem - a complaint substantiated by investigations from both the Navy last year and by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel in April of this year - was retaliated against by his supervisors, according to a whistleblower complaint. Richard Conrad, the mechanic, reported to...
  • Boeing offers joint prod[uction] of F-18 fighters in India

    02/02/2007 11:21:44 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 14 replies · 591+ views
    India Times ^ | 2 Feb 2007
    NEW DELHI: The race for an Indian Air Force (IAF) order for 126 combat jets just got hotter, with US aerospace major Boeing offering to jointly produce the frontline F-18 Super Hornet in India if it wins the contract. "In the F-18, we have arguably the most advanced fighter in the world. If we win the contract, we offer the opportunity of entering into a joint production arrangement with an Indian defence contractor," Said Chris Chadwik, Boeing Vice President and General Manager, Global Strike Systems. "Clearly, there is very strong competition but we believe we are positioned very strongly," he...
  • USN Photo of the Day: Hello! Jaw-dropping F/A-18F Super Hornet fly-bys! Is this just a dream?

    11/12/2006 7:44:05 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 89 replies · 7,389+ views
    Navy NewsStand - Eye on the Fleet, United States Navy (USN) | November 5, 2006; September 11, 2006 | Jarod Hodge, Unjted States Navy; Joshua Wayne LeGrand, United States Navy
    Photo 1. An F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jet assigned to the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Two (VFA-102), Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), 5 November 2006, Pacific Ocean. Image ID: 061105-N-8591H-389 Photographer Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jarod Hodge, United States Navy Links (big image) (original source) (above image from this site's fine F/A-18 photo gallery) Photo 2. An F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Two (VFA-102), Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), 11 September 2006, East China Sea. Image ID:...
  • Boeing aims to beat Indian arms limits (with Israeli help!!)

    07/11/2006 2:54:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies · 716+ views
    Flight International ^ | 11/07/06 | By Arie Egozi in Tel Aviv
    Boeing aims to beat Indian arms limits By Arie Egozi in Tel Aviv Boeing is evaluating the possibility of offering its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to India equipped with Israeli-made avionics in an effort to bypass the US government’s opposition to the export of some US-produced systems to the country. India is expected to consider the Super Hornet design for a new air force requirement for 126 new lightweight fighters, a request for proposals (RFP) for which is expected to be released later this year. The invitation for Israeli companies to participate in the project is also being based on the...
  • FA-18 Fighter Jets Collide Near King City

    06/26/2006 9:36:19 PM PDT · by ChessMan · 1 replies · 333+ views
    FA-18 Fighter Jets Collide Near King City Written for the web by C. Johnson, Internet News Producer E-mail Story Print Story One pilot has been found dead and another was injured following the collision of two Navy jets on training maneuvers about 150 miles south of San Francisco. According to a Navy spokesman, the FA-18 fighter jets were practicing dogfighting maneuvers over the Hunter-Liggett Military Operating Area. The aircraft were based out of LeMoore Naval Air Station near Fresno. The pilots are members of Strike Fighter Squadron 125, also known as "Rough Riders." The aircraft is a McDonnell-Douglas single-seat fighter...
  • Two Fighter Jets Collide Over (near) King City (Central California)

    06/26/2006 1:34:33 PM PDT · by Rio · 21 replies · 1,217+ views
    NBC11 ^ | 6/26/2006 | Unknown
    KING CITY, Calif. -- A military spokesman said two Navy fighter jets have collided over a Monterey County military base near King City. It's unclear whether there are casualties. The jets were FA-18 fighter jets based out of Fort Hunter Liggett, located about 100 south of San Jose. The jets were on a training mission.
  • Full throttle with the Blue Angels (AJC staffer turns blue)

    04/28/2006 1:30:37 PM PDT · by avg_freeper · 37 replies · 9,070+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | April '06 | Steve Beatty
    Before this weekend's free airshow at Naval Air Station Atlanta, AJC staffer Steve Beatty joined Lt. Kevin Davis for a fun-filled afternoon of barrel rolls and other tricks high above Athens in a $24 million F/A-18. Beatty only passed out three times.See the highlights.
  • Phase maintenance Marines check under F/A-18 hoods

    03/13/2006 3:38:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 534+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Jonathan K. Teslevich
    AL ASAD, Iraq (March 13, 2006) -- Imagine every time your vehicle travels 3,000 miles, a group of highly skilled experts dismantle it, check all the fluids and parts for wear and tear, then quickly reassemble it. Not a very common occurrence for today's drivers, unless you are a pilot and your vehicle happens to be an F/A-18 Hornet with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533, Marine Aircraft Group 16 (Reinforced), 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. Eight highly skilled Marines with the Hawks' phase maintenance section are responsible for performing a complete maintenance check of the Hornets every time they...
  • Squadron Homecoming Marks End of Era for Tomcats

    03/10/2006 11:54:30 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 40 replies · 1,056+ views
    United States Navy ^ | 10 March 2006 | Journalist 1st Class Stefanie Holzeisen-Mullen
    Squadron Homecoming Marks End of Era for Tomcats Story Number: NNS060310-05 Release Date: 3/10/2006 1:58:00 PM By Journalist 1st Class Stefanie Holzeisen-Mullen, Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The “Tomcatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VF) 31 and the “Black Lions” of VF-213 arrived at Naval Air Station Oceana March 10, ending their six-month deployment with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 embarked on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), and closing the book on the Tomcat as an asset in the Navy’s war fighting arsenal. VF-31 and 213’s “fly-off” marked the last operational flight of...
  • US jet crashes off Queensland (USS Ronald Reagan)

    01/29/2006 6:05:15 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 57 replies · 3,394+ views
    United States officials have confirmed an FA-18 Hornet strike fighter plane has ditched into the sea while attempting a night landing near Brisbane. The aircraft was attempting to land on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan during a training exercise early yesterday morning about 200 kilometres south-east of Brisbane. Lieutenant Commander Gary Ross says the pilot ejected safely but the $37 million aircraft was lost. The pilot was rescued from the sea. Lieutenant Commander Ross says five other jets were forced to fly in to Brisbane because they were short on fuel. "There were five aircraft that were...
  • Ditched jet to stay on seabed

    01/29/2006 9:06:34 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 19 replies · 2,135+ views
    The Courier Mail ^ | 30 January 2006 | Cameron Atfield and Rosanne Barrett
    Ditched jet to stay on seabed Cameron Atfield and Rosanne Barrett30jan06 A $40 million fighter jet which ditched into the sea 220km southeast of Brisbane after failing to land on aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is unlikely to be salvaged. The pilot was forced to eject from the US Navy jet off the Australian coast late on Saturday after a night landing "mishap". The single-seat F/A-18C twin-engine strike fighter was the first plane lost from the 97,000-tonne carrier, which spent last week moored at Brisbane's Fisherman Islands. It was not clear last night if the jet had been carrying weapons....
  • Aviation legend Golden Knights take flight at open house

    10/10/2005 9:34:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies · 434+ views
    Antelope Valley Press on ^ | Monday, October 10, 2005.
    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE - Planning for the upcoming open house on Oct. 22 and 23 is hitting a fever pitch as base officials finalize one of the most diverse air shows to hit the Antelope Valley and Los Angeles area in years. This year there will be just under seven hours of continuous flying featuring nearly 34 separate flight demonstrations; more than triple those of most shows common to southern California. Some highlights include a special performance by aviation legend Chuck Yeager flying a P-51 Mustang, the same type of aircraft Yeager flew when he became an ace in...
  • AP: Navy Jet Has Severe Brake Problems

    08/04/2005 11:53:55 AM PDT · by Daus · 17 replies · 1,163+ views
    AP ^ | 8/4/2005 | NA
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The front-line fighter jet of the Navy and Marines has suffered a series of recent accidents blamed on brake failure, exposing a problem that has spurred urgent warnings from commanders, military documents obtained by The Associated Press show.
  • US military suspects two F-18s collided over Iraq

    05/04/2005 5:57:17 AM PDT · by tongue-tied · 7 replies · 563+ views
    My Way News ^ | May 3, 2005 (5:01 PM (ET)) | Reuters
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military has found the body of the pilot of one of two Marine Corps jets that crashed in Iraq and believes the warplanes may have collided in mid-air, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. The U.S. military lost contact with the two Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet aircraft in Iraq on Monday night, a military statement said. The planes were flying from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, the military said. In Washington, defense officials said they suspected the two fighters collided in mid-air at 30,000 feet, but no final conclusion had been reached. One official, who...
  • Body of One Pilot Found in Iraq ~~ Two Missing F-18's

    05/03/2005 1:53:18 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 49 replies · 4,877+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | May 03, 2005 at 1:50:33 PDT | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The U.S. military found the body of an American pilot while searching Tuesday for two Marine fighter jets that disappeared while flying in support of operations in Iraq, the military said. The brief statement did not say whether either of the two missing F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from the USS Carl Vinson had been found or where the body had been recovered. The search continued for a second missing crew member, the statement said. It was unclear how many servicemen had been aboard the two jets when contact was lost with them at 10:10 p.m. Monday (2:10...
  • FOX News - F-18 bomb sets off numerous secondary IED explosions along Fallujah streets

    11/09/2004 3:28:21 PM PST · by BwanaNdege · 100 replies · 6,775+ views
    Fox News | Nov 9, 2004 | BwanaNdege
    Brent Hume on Fox News just showed an awesome video clip from Fallujah. Can anyone get screen shots of the video clip of an F-18 delivered laser guided bomb that set off numerous secondary explosions. The target was a suspected Improvised Explosive Device, and appeared to be linked to multiple IEDs along at least one street and possibly along an adjacent street.
  • Hornets equipped with new missiles

    08/19/2004 9:35:43 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies · 460+ views
    The Age ^ | 20th August 2004
    The federal government has spent $488 million to equip Australia's F/A-18 Hornet pilots with the world's most advanced missiles. The government declared the RAAF's latest acquisition - the state-of-the-art ASRAAM missile - fully operational, six years after a decision was made to replace older American-made Sidewinder missiles. ASRAAM stands for advanced short-range air-to-air missile and it's regarded as the best in the world for shooting down hostile aircraft at dogfighting ranges out to about 15 kilometres. In a ceremony at RAAF base Williamtown, the home of two of the RAAF's Hornet squadrons, Defence Minister Robert Hill said the ASRAAM was...
  • Hornet Crashes off South Carolina; Pilot Rescued

    03/27/2004 12:58:22 PM PST · by BykrBayb · 7 replies · 364+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | 3/25/2004 1:42:00 PM | Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Public Affairs
    Story Number: NNS040325-01 Release Date: 3/25/2004 1:42:00 PM From Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Public Affairs NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft on a routine training mission crashed at about 12:30 p.m. EST March 24 off the coast of South Carolina. The pilot was rescued uninjured and taken to a hospital at Hunter Army Air Field near Savannah, Ga., for observation. The aicraft was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 82 based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C. Known as the "Marauders," the squadron returned Feb. 25 from a six-month deployment as part...
  • Jet fighter for the taking on eBay

    02/17/2004 11:41:29 AM PST · by cateizgr8 · 8 replies · 112+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 16, 2004
    <p>NORFOLK, Va. - You can now have your very own Navy F/A-18A Hornet jet fighter - but some assembly may be required.</p> <p>The price for the jet, which formerly belonged to the Navy's Blue Angels aerial demonstration team, is just over $1 million on the auction firm eBay, or about $9 million for a buyer who wants it assembled, painted and certified ready-to-fly.</p>
  • Aerospace milestones celebrated

    01/01/2004 11:02:20 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 218+ views
    Valley Press ^ | January 1, 2004 | ALLISON GATLIN
    Marking 100 years of man's success in conquering the skies, 2003 saw milestones for both what has been done and what is yet to come. Celebrations throughout the year culminated in the Dec. 17 anniversary of the Wright brothers' first successful powered flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., a feat which set in motion changes that are still being felt and improved upon today. In the century since that flight, worldwide air travel has become common; space travel has moved from science fiction to reality; and air power has altered warfare. Although the Centennial of Flight marked a success, the year...
  • USS Enterprise Aircraft Strike Enemy in Iraq

    11/24/2003 12:22:42 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 55 replies · 1,386+ views
    Navy News Stand ^ | Nov. 24, 2003 | USS Enterprise Public Affairs
    Official U.S. Navy file photo of an F/A-18 Hornet. View Larger Download HiRes   USS Enterprise Aircraft Strike Enemy in IraqStory Number: NNS031124-08Release Date: 11/24/2003 9:31:00 AMFrom USS Enterprise Public Affairs ABOARD USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- Strike fighter aircraft from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, flying from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in the North Arabian Gulf, attacked enemy targets near Kirkuk, Iraq, Nov. 19 in support of Operation Iron Hammer. After flying complex missions over both Afghanistan and Iraq in recent weeks, this strike was the carrier’s first use of precision-guided ammunition...