Pilot Identified Following F/A-18E Dath Valley Crash

August 2, 2019 – The pilot of the F/A-18E Super Hornet that crashed approximately 40 miles north of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California, on July 31 has been identified. The Super Hornet, assigned to the “Vigilantes” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, California, was flown by Lt. Charles Z. Walker, 33. “The NAS Lemoore aviation family is grieving the loss of one of our own,” said Capt. James Bates, Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific. “Lt. Walker was an incredible naval aviator,…

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Boeing Receives U.S. Navy Multiyear Contract for F/A-18 Production

March 20, 2019 – With a three-year contract award for 78 F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets, Boeing [NYSE: BA] will play a vital role in the U.S. Navy’s fleet modernization efforts. The Block III configuration adds capability upgrades that include enhanced network capability, longer range, reduced radar signature, an advanced cockpit system and an enhanced communication system. Boeing will begin converting existing Block II Super Hornets to Block III early in the next decade. The fighter’s life also will be extended from 6,000 hours to 10,000 hours. This new multi-year…

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Navy Super Hornets Leave Nest, Soar Skies with Air Force Falcons

Several U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, honed joint-integration tactics with Misawa Air Base’s F-16 Fighting Falcons across Northern Japan skies, Feb. 28. Falcon and Super Hornet pilots worked together to rapidly plan, execute and debrief a defensive counter air (DCA) sortie, combining both services’ expertise in multirole aircrafts. “Integrating with the F/A-18s for training proved to be a valuable experience for both the 13th Fighter Squadron and the VFA-115,” said Capt. David Neville, a 13th FS F-16…

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