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  • 16 March 2018

    The US Navy has identified two aviators who died March 14, 2018, when their F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed on final approach near Naval Air Station, Key West, Florida. The aviators have been identified as Lt. Cmdr. James Brice Johnson and Lt. Caleb Nathaniel King, both Florida residents. Both pilots were assigned to the “Blacklions” of […]

  • 4 October 2019

    The US Navy’s last F/A-18C Hornet made its official final active-duty flight at Naval Air Station Oceana on October 2. Assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 at Cecil Field, Florida, aircraft number 300 completed its first navy acceptance check flight Oct. 14, 1988. Lt. Andrew Jalali, who piloted the Hornet for its final active-duty […]

  • 15 March 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Two US Navy pilots died after the F/A-18F Super Hornet they flew crashed on final approach to Boca Chica Field, Naval Air Station, Key West, Florida on March 14. The navy said search and rescue crews recovered both the pilot and weapons systems officer from the water approximately one mile east of the runway. Both […]

  • 7 February 2020

    Boeing has given an F/A-18 a new lease on life after delivering the first Super Hornet under the Service Life Modification to the US Navy. The second SLM jet will deliver by the end of the month, and Boeing will deliver the third F/A-18 in April. As explained, the initial Super Hornets delivered from SLM […]

  • 6 December 2018

    A US Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet collided with a KC-130 Hercules tanker aircraft some 200 miles off the coast of Japan on December 6, the United States Marine Corps has confirmed. Two of overall seven service members who were aboard the two aircraft as they crashed have been found and the search for the remaining five continues. Both rescued […]

  • 4 February 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34, the last US Navy squadron flying the legacy F/A-18C Hornet aircraft, hosted a sundown ceremony and fly-over for the aircraft at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., Feb. 1. Active duty service members, aviation leadership, local media and visitors were in attendance to commemorate Hornets’ 35 years of […]

  • 30 January 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The US Navy is set to retire its last F/A-18C Hornet fighters in a final flight ceremony at Naval Air Station Oceana on February 1. The final single-seat, twin-engine, carrier-capable legacy Hornets are still operational with Strike Fighter Squadron 34 and the “Blue Blasters” are the only squadron flying the jets. Blue Blasters flew the Hornets […]

  • 13 August 2017

    An F/A-18E from the US aircraft carrier USS Nimitz failed to make a timely stop during an emergency landing on Saturday, forcing the pilot to eject. The aircraft, belonging to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, took off from USS Nimitz and experienced an engine malfunction during the flight. The pilot first attempted to divert to Sheik Isa […]

  • 26 January 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon a $56.4 million contract for repair works on the Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared System used on the navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornets. ATFLIR is a targeting pod used on F/A-18s for electro-optical/infrared imagery and target detection for air-to-air and air-to-ground mission support. It provides the capability to detect, classify, and track, both air-to-air, and […]

  • 16 January 2020
    Equipment & technology

    For the first time, the US Navy and Boeing flew an F/A-18 Super Hornet equipped with an Infrared Search & Track (IRST) Block II pod in late 2019. IRST Block II is a critical component of the Block III Super Hornet. The Block III conversion will include enhanced network capability, longer range with conformal fuel […]

  • 2 August 2019

    The US Navy has confirmed that the pilot of the F/A-18E Super Hornet that went down in the early morning hours of July 31 died in the crash. The navy added the aircraft was on a routine training mission and that the cause of the crash is currently under investigation. The Super Hornet from the […]

  • 3 August 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    A U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet aircraft crashed on Tuesday into an open field near Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada. No one was hurt during the incident and surrounding structures were not damaged, initial reports say. According to a Navy statement, the Navy pilot managed to eject safely before the plane crashed at approximately 10:50 a.m. PDT. He […]

  • 19 June 2017

    A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet flying from USS George H.W. Bush shot down a Syrian regime SU-22 ground attack aircraft near Raqqa, Syria on June 18. The Syrian jet was shot down after it dropped bombs near fighters in the Syrian Democratic Forces-held town of Ja’Din, South of Tabqah. According to a U.S. Central Command […]

  • 28 October 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The US Navy has awarded Raytheon and BAE Systems contracts to demonstrate their technologies for the development of a modern towed decoy for the F/A-18 E/F over the next 27 months. The technology protects pilots by emitting signals across extended frequencies to counter advancing threats, convincing hostile weapon systems that the real target is the […]

  • 16 June 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    Issues with oxygen systems on the U.S. Navy’s T-45 and F/A-18 aircraft causing physiological episodes (PEs) within naval aviation are yet to resolved, a navy review into the problem revealed. U.S. Navy student pilots have not been allowed to fly since March this year, following an increase in cases of hypoxia caused by problems with the Onboard Oxygen […]

  • 28 August 2014

    Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Alexandra Mimbela, from Trujillo, Peru, performs maintenance on an F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the Fighting Black Lions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).   George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the […]

  • 25 August 2014

    An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).   George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) […]

  • 15 September 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    The US Navy has identified Lt. Nathan Poloski, a 26 year old native of Lake Arrowhead, Calif., as the pilot who was declared presumed deceased, Sept. 15.   Poloski was declared presumed deceased following an apparent collision between the F/A-18C Hornet he was flying and another Hornet aircraft during routine flight operations. A 2009 graduate […]

  • 11 June 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The US Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Boeing an $862.2 million contract to build 18 Super Hornet strike fighter aircraft. According to a Pentagon announcement, Boeing is to deliver 15 single-seat F/A-18/E variants and 3 two-seat F/A-18/F variants. Boeing is expected to complete the work under the contract in June 2020. The F/A-18E/F are the US Navy’s […]

  • 26 January 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    The US Navy has carried out another Harpoon Block II+ missile test at the Point Mugu Sea Test Range on January 22. The latest test demonstrated the missile’s ability to talk with the newest F/A-18’s software upgrade as the interface becomes operational on the F/A-18 Super Hornet system. The upgrade, known as System Configuration Set […]

  • 8 November 2011
    Industry news

      Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $7,887,154 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-09-D-0010) to exercise an option for in-service support for F/A-18 aircraft of the governments of Switzerland, Finland, Canada, Kuwait, Malaysia, Australia, and Spain.  Services to be provided include program management, logistics, engineering support, incidental materials, and […]

  • 26 March 2012

      The Boeing Co. has been awarded a $7,189,237 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for the production of operational test program sets in support of the F/A-18E/F aircraft and support equipment spares for the Royal Australian Air Force under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The work will be performed in […]

  • 20 October 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    Boeing has recently awarded Lockheed Martin two contracts to upgrade its IRST21 sensor system for use on the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F fleet. The Block II contracts provide up to $100 million for developing advanced software, performing hardware upgrades and delivering prototypes. These efforts will further enhance IRST21’s proven detection, tracking and ranging capabilities in radar-denied […]

  • 10 December 2013
    Training & Education

    The F/A-18 Hornet community celebrated the 35th anniversary of the aircraft’s first flight during a ceremony Dec. 9 in the Rear Adm. William A. Moffett building atrium at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Sponsored by the F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265), the celebration highlighted the accomplishments and continued impact of the U.S. Navy’s […]

  • 29 September 2011
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

      The Boeing Co., Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded a $31,503,536 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fee requirements contract for supplies and services for in-warranty and out-of-warranty depot-level modification installations and in-service repairs incident to modification kit installs including associated material and services as required to support the continued safe, reliable, and improved operation of the F/A-18 series aircraft. […]

  • 11 February 2014
    Training & Education

    Launching of an F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 on board USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).   The launch was conducted during USS Carl Vinson’s training off the coast of Southern California on February 7 in the Pacific Ocean. USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) SPECIFICATIONS Length 1,092 feet (332.8 […]

  • 13 January 2015
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    A successful flight test of the Raytheon-built APG-79(V)X AESA radar system has demonstrated the functions needed to extend the relevance of F/A-18C/D Hornet fighter/attack jets, including:   extended detection ranges simultaneous air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities production of high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) mapping industry leading reliability “We put our latest AESA radar capability to the […]

  • 24 September 2014
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, is being awarded a $40,9 million firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement for the procurement of 15 AN/APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar Systems in support of the F/A-18 E/F aircraft.   Work will be performed in Forest, Mississippi (50 percent); Andover, Massachusetts (30 percent); and El Segundo, […]

  • 23 January 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    The F/A-18 Super Hornet infrared search and track (IRST) system, developed and integrated by Boeing and Lockheed Martin, received approval from the U.S. Navy to enter low-rate initial production. The IRST system consists of Lockheed Martin’s IRST21™ sensor, the GE Aviation FPU-13 Fuel Tank Assembly and the Meggitt Defense Industry Environmental Control unit. The system […]