F-18 Hornet

March 9, 2015 -- Beaufort Gazette

Work continues at site of MCAS jet crash

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February 22, 2015 -- Beaufort Gazette

Beaufort-based pilot, weapons system officer sustained minor injuries in F-18 crash

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January 15, 2015 -- PilotOnline.com

Navy report: 2014 Super Hornet crash was preventable

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March 13, 2014 -- PilotOnline.com

End may be on the horizon for F/A-18 Super Hornet

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March 3, 2014 -- PilotOnline.com

Military pilot dies in fighter jet crash in Nevada

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January 16, 2014 -- PilotOnline.com

Pilot hurt after ejecting from Super Hornet over ocean

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August 23, 2013 -- The Handford Sentinel

Hung out to dry?

Drought, growth of bird population could threaten future of NASL

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July 27, 2013 -- PilotOnline.com

Recordings are new perspective on Navy jet crash

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December 4, 2012 -- Defense Industry Daily

Global F/A-18 Hornet Fleets: Keeping ‘Em Flying

"The US Navy and Marines have been rather busy during the Hornets’ service life, and so the planes are wearing out faster."

"This is forcing the USA to take a number of steps in order to keep their Hornets airworthy: replacing center barrel sections, re-opening production lines, and more."

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November 16, 2012 -- GlobalSecurity.org

F/A-18 Hornet

"The F/A-18 has been upgraded regularly since entering service in 1983. In November 1989, the first F/A-18s equipped with night strike capability were delivered. Since 1991, F/A-18s have been delivered with F404-GE-402 enhanced performance engines that produce up to 20 percent more thrust than previous F404 engines. The Hornet's two engines deliver about 36,000 pounds combined thrust and a top speed of more than Mach 1.8."

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November 15, 2012 -- US Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Better Cost Estimates Needed for Extending the Service Life of Selected F-16s and F/A-18s

"DOD plans to replace many of its current fighter fleet with the F-35; however, the F-35 program has experienced numerous delays and cost increases. To maintain fighter capabilities and capacity, the Air Force and Navy have decided to upgrade and extend the service life of selected F-16 and F/A-18 aircraft."

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September 3, 2012 -- Examiner.com

Marine Corps pilot ejects from FA-18C Hornet over NAS Fallon, Nev.

"An unnamed U.S. Marine Corps pilot safely ejected from a single-seat McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 3:15 p.m. PDT during a training flight over Naval Air Station Fallon located near Reno, Nev."

"The F/A-18C Hornet crashed into a remote area of the base and was completely destroyed."

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July 4, 2012 -- DefenseTech.org

Mishap Hornet Crew Guessed Wrong

"But the empirical truth is the crew misdiagnosed the cause of the malfunction in that no tires had blown. Had the pilot raised the gear and jettisoned the drop tank (and let’s assume that would happen inside the field boundary to avoid hurting people or damaging property) he could have kept the airplane airborne with the left engine at military power."

"So if you think this aviating stuff is easy in the era of high-tech, think again."

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July 3, 2012 -- PilotOnline.com

Dual-engine failure caused jet crash in Va. Beach

"A fighter jet that crashed into a residential neighborhood near Oceana Naval Station in April experienced double engine failure shortly after takeoff - an occurrence so rare it was not previously included as an emergency scenario in F/A-18 Hornet pilot training, the Navy said Monday."

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April 6, 2012 -- USA Today

Navy jet crashes into Virginia Beach apartment building

F-18 Crashes with Student Pilot & Instructing Pilot

"Zooming along at 170 mph in a fighter jet carrying thousands of pounds of volatile fuel, two Navy pilots faced nothing but bad choices when their aircraft malfunctioned over Virginia's most populated city."

"Catastrophic engine system failure right after takeoff, which is always the most critical phase of flying, leaves very, very few options," said aviation safety expert and decorated pilot J.F. Joseph. "You literally run out of altitude, air speed and ideas all at the same time," he said.

Overhead view of crash site
Photo credit: Virginia Beach Beacon

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