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A Super Decade

Thursday, March 26, 2020   (0 Comments)

By Andrew McLaughlin  |  March 26, 2020  |  ADBR


The RAAF’s Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet achieved the milestone of a decade in service on March 26.

The date marks the 10th anniversary of the arrival at RAAF Amberley west of Brisbane of the first five of 24 F/A-18Fs after their trans-Pacific ferry flight from NAS Lemoore in California. The Super Hornets are operated by 1SQN at Amberley, and are complemented by 11 Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft which are operated by 6SQN.

The Super Hornet was initially acquired as a Bridging Air Combat Capability (BACC) through Project AIR 5439 after concerns the RAAF’s F-111C strike fleet was becoming increasingly costly to operate and was experiencing some fatigue issues. At the same time, the replacement F-35 JSF program was experiencing developmental and programmatic delays, and the RAAF determined that the F-111 couldn’t be extended beyond 2010. READ MORE...

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