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  • 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 […]

  • 15 August 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The US Navy’s Blue Angels, the famous flight demonstration squadron, are set to receive a new squadron of Super Hornet aircraft following a defense department contract announcement on August 13. The Super Hornets, nine F/A-18E and two F/A-18F, are scheduled to replace the F/A-18C/D Hornets currently flown by the Blue Angels. Super Hornets will first have […]

  • 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 […]

  • 21 July 2014

    An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 lands on 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.   The Boeing F/A-18E Super […]

  • 13 February 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    The wreck of US Navy’s World War II aircraft carrier USS Hornet was discovered on the floor of the South Pacific Ocean around the Solomon Islands in late January 2019. Hornet was found 5,400 meters (nearly 17,500 feet) below the surface, by the expedition crew of Paul G. Allen’s research vessel (R/V) Petrel. Hornet was best […]

  • 20 July 2012
    Training & Education

    Airborne Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, the Zappers, landed its squadron’s first operational EA-18G Growler on the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), July 18. The Growler, a variant of the F/A-18F Super Hornet, replaced the EA-6B Prowler as the primary electronic warfare strike aircraft for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3. Getting Growlers […]

  • 2 May 2014
    Training & Education

    Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has received a two-year, $19 million full-rate production contract to provide key avionics components that will enhance flight crews’ targeting capabilities on the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft.   The Distributed Targeting System will significantly improve the aircraft’s networking capabilities, enhance targeting precision […]

  • 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 […]

  • 19 February 2014
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The U.S. Navy recently tested, for the first time on a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft, the Infrared Search and Track (IRST) sensor that will find hard-to-detect targets over long distances.   Boeing and Lockheed Martin are developing and integrating IRST, an essential upgrade to the combat capability of the Navy’s Super Hornets. “Adding an […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 24 June 2014

    An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 is on the flight deck of the U.S Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the ship departs Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong, after a four-day port visit.   George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing […]

  • 1 August 2019

    A US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed east of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California, in the morning hours of July 31. “Search and rescue personnel are on scene and the status of the pilot is currently unknown,” a Joint Strike Fighter Wing spokesperson said. The single-seat aircraft was flying out of Naval Air […]

  • 3 November 2014

    An F/A-18 Super Hornet assigned to the Gladiators of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 106 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway preparing for future deployments. USS Theodore Roosevelt, also known by crewmembers as “the Big Stick” or within the navy simply […]

  • 21 March 2019

    The US Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Boeing a $4 billion contract for the procurement of 78 Super Hornet aircraft. The contract for the The Block III configuration aircraft is a multi-year procurement (MYP) of 72 between fiscal years 2019-2021, and six from fiscal year 2018. Navy officials estimate this multi-year model saves a […]

  • 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 […]

  • 10 July 2014

    Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for the Environment, Donald Schregardus, presented the 2013 Secretary of the Navy Environmental Excellence Award to the F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office’s (PMA-265) Green Hornet team July 9 during a ceremony at the Rear Adm. William A. Moffett Building here.   The team was recognized in the category of […]

  • 1 March 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The US Navy has awarded Boeing Co. a $73.2 million contract for work on the service life extension of the first four F/A-18E/F aircraft. The contract will see Boeing extend the service life of Super Hornet aircraft from the original 6,000 to 9,000 flight hours. The first aircraft are reaching the 6,000 flight hours this year after entering service […]

  • 16 April 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    Boeing has delivered the first of 10 upgraded aircraft diagnostic and maintenance systems to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The devices, used for servicing military aircraft, consolidate depot level testing into a single station, improving efficiencies and lowering costs while maximizing use of existing equipment. Boeing and the Navy recently unveiled the Reconfigurable Transportable […]

  • 11 March 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The US Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $322.5 million contract for the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) program. AARGM-ER program is leveraging the AARGM that is currently in production. The extended range version will be integrated on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft and configured […]

  • 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 […]

  • 24 April 2014
    Industry news

    Australia will acquire another 58 F-35A Lightning II aircraft in a major boost to the nation’s air combat capability, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced in Canberra on April 23.   The additional aircraft will lift the total number of F-35As Australia will acquire to 72, after a previous decision to purchase 14. This will create […]

  • 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 […]

  • 2 September 2014

    An F/A-18C Hornet from the Stingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 and an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Fighting Redcocks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22 fly in formation over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).   Carl Vinson is underway off the coast of Southern California conducting […]

  • 11 August 2014

    Two U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing 8 embarked on USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) struck Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets near Erbil, Iraq, Aug. 8.   Bush is operating in the Arabian Gulf on a scheduled deployment to U.S. 5th Fleet. The F/A-18s dropped 500 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 19 February 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    Finland could become the third country to operate the airborne electronic attack aircraft

  • 22 August 2012
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The U.S. Navy has begun integrated testing (IT) of Raytheon Company’s (NYSE: RTN) Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1. During its first flight in IT, the JSOW C-1 was retargeted to strike a large moving ship target. “This flight test further demonstrates that JSOW C-1 can receive third party target updates in-flight, retarget after release, and […]