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US F-18 fighter crashes in Gulf, crew rescued: Navy

A US F-18 fighter jet crashed in the Gulf after taking off from an aircraft carrier on Tuesday but both crew members survived without major injuries, military officers said Tuesday. The Super Hornet aircraft had launched from the USS Theodore […]

Kuwait Reportedly to Drop $3 Billion on F-18s | Japan’s $3 Billion to Go to V-22s | Rafale Deals Put French Fighter Between $220 and $300 million Per

Americas Reuters reported Wednesday that Boeing is on the cusp of being awarded a more than $3 billion contract for 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, with the potential customer named as Kuwait. The Kuwaitis currently operate the older F/A-18 Hornet fighter. The sale, combined with a USN request for a dozen of the aircraft, should be […]

Navy Tests New Software to Make it Easier to Land Jets on Carriers

The United States Navy on Tuesday successfully field-tested its new software system for F-18 fighter jets, designed to make it easier for the aircraft to land on carriers at sea.

US State Department Approves 1.5Bln Sale of F-18 Fighters to Australia

The US State Department has approved a foreign military sale with Australia for the Boeing Company’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft in the amount of $1.5 billion, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced in a release on Tuesday.

BAE, Airbus Selling Assets | Navy Winces, Asks to be Thrown into F-18 Briar Patch | Army Saves Time Not Re-Inventing Fire Control

Europe BAE Systems is looking to see what it might get were it to sell its services division. The parts for sale generate between one and two billion dollars per year and employ almost 8,000 people, a ratio about on par with non-technical professional services industries. The BAE divisions, however, involve technical, mission and IT […]

Growlers in the Pattern: F-18s Practice Carrier Touch-and-Goes

An EA-18G Growler from VAQ-129 climbs out of OLF Coupeville in full afterburner Picture this: the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and yellow dandelions are beginning to bloom in the green grass. Sounds pretty good, right? As AvGeeks, what could make this better? Well, how about the sound of jets? Not just [...]Show More Summary

Marines Developing Air-Air Tactics to Integrate F-35s with F-18s | Poland Chooses Patriots & Airbus H225M | Swiss Will Replace F-5Es

Americas The Marine Corps is altering its aerial combat techniques to introduce F-35Bs alongside older F/A-18s. The Hornet Standard Game Plan will see the Corps adapt air-to-air combat tactics to maximize the new jet’s capabilities. Additionally, the plan will see the Marine Corps change the language used by pilots to better align with both the […]

China Protests Emergency Landing Of U.S. Warplanes In Taiwan

2 months agoNews : The Two-Way

Two Navy F-18s landed at an airbase on the island, which Beijing considers part of its sovereign territory.

Navy Hedges to Keep F-18 Line Open | IMI to Be Taken Private | India’s First Scorpene Floats

Americas As expected, the Navy included twelve Super Hornets and eight F-35s as part of list of “unfunded priorities” prepared for Congress, according to Reuters. With the manufacturing line of the F/A-18 likely to remain open past the previously-anticipated 2017 cut-off, following a recently-released study. Navy commanders are pushing for improved firepower for the the […]

Navy Refurbishing F-18s 1 Per Week; Buying F-35s 1 per Quarter | Keel of Virginia-Class Colorado Laid in Rhode Island

Americas Much tut-tutting is heard in the trade press now that the Air Force is stating openly that the F-35 will not be prepared to take on the close air support (CAS) role for which it is, in small part, slated. This has not slowed down the Air Force’s ardor for retiring the current CAS […]

Spectacular Video Of F-18s In Never-Before-Seen Action

Our friend Lieutenant Chris Nigus — Weapons Training Officer with the Strike-Fighter Squadron VFA-27 Royal Maces — sent us his new video, which has some truly spectacular shots that I have never seen before. Like the night gunfire video above — we only had photos — or this cool landing footage from a carrier’s deck camera. More »      

I Want to Play With This Tiny Air Force Base All Day Long

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Look at this neat model of air base! Those perfectly executed aircraft models: an AWACS, B-52, KC-135, E-2, F-15, F-16, F-18 and even more. That regiment of lead soldiers! I wanna play with them for hours and hours. Wait, what, this is real? Read more...

Airbus A400M Refuels Two F-18 Fighters Simultaneously

The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has further proved its credentials as a tanker by successfully demonstrating simultaneous air-to-air refueling of two F/A-18 fighters. In the course of four flights, the A400M performed 74 contacts and dispensed 27.2 tonnes of […]

Red Flag 15-1 Night Departures – B-2 Spirit, F-22 Raptor

Plenty of afterburner against the night backdrop of the Las Vegas Strip! This footage features the B-2 Spirit, F-22 Raptor, Eurofighter Typhoon, E-3 Sentry (AWACS), F-18 Hornet, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, P-3 Orion, C-130 Hercules, and a few others. […]

Spectacular photos taken by an F-18 weapons trainer officer

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Lieutenant Chris Nigus sent us these series of spectacular photos taken while flying on missions during the last couple of years of his deployment in Japan. Above you can see him flying low level in Japan's Orange Route. Some of them show weapons firing from his F/A-18E Super Hornet. Read more...

Letters: Death Valley is stunningly beautiful, F-18s and all

4 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Enjoyed the Death Valley article and video (lat.ms/1L8FiWg) ["Death Valley Comes Alive" by Christopher Reynolds, Jan. 25]. We visited Death Valley only a few months ago, my first visit since the '70s, and loved it. We were standing at the viewpoint at the western entrance, and my wife was...

First photo of the fully operative Chinese rivals to the US Navy F-18

5 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark—the first Chinese carrier-based fighter that is designed to match and even surpass the American F/A-18E/F Super Hornet—is no longer a test prototype. This photo shows fully operative serial units on the deck of the Liaoning, People's Liberation Army Navy's aircraft carrier. Read more...

Russian Bomber Planes Buzz Canada Coastline, Intercepted By Canadian F-18 Fighters

Russian long-range bomber planes flew just off the northwest coast of Canada on Monday, the same day that 28 Russian jets and bomber planes were intercepted over the Baltic Sea. Canadian F-18 Hornet fighters were among the NATO jets that intercepted those planes over the Baltic. Show More Summary

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