Tag Archives: F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

Naval Aviation Facing Unexpected Budget Shortfall; Options to Slow Spending Being Considered

Naval Aviation Facing Unexpected Budget Shortfall; Options to Slow Spending Being Considered

Seaman Sakyra Baker stands aft lookout as an F/A-18 Super Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Feb. 21, 2019. US Navy Photo

The naval aviation community is facing a budget shortfall of at least $100 million for the current fiscal year and may have to cut back flight hours and other operations between now and the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year, USNI News learned. Read More

Navy Taking Major Steps to Prevent Future Physiological Events in Jets

Navy Taking Major Steps to Prevent Future Physiological Events in Jets

Capt. Jeffrey Anderson, commander, Carrier Air Wing Three, performs pre-flight checks inside the cockpit of an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in 2016. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – With the Navy ruling out contaminated air and focusing on air pressure fluctuations as the cause of many physiological events (PEs), the service is planning a major maintenance event on its jets to try to curb PE rates. Read More

F-35 Software Upgrade Program Will Field Capabilities Sooner, But Delay Purchase of New Fighters

F-35 Software Upgrade Program Will Field Capabilities Sooner, But Delay Purchase of New Fighters

U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Allen Goodyear, the squadron sergeant major for Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, signals for an F-35B Lightning II to take off from the flight deck of the USS Essex (LHD-2) during Exercise Dawn Blitz. US Marine Corps Photo

CAPITOL HILL – A move to a continuous upgrade system for the Joint Strike Fighter software will help pilots deploy with the latest and greatest warfighting capabilities, but the move is costing the Navy the ability to procure more new planes in the near-term, officials told the Senate this week. Read More

Navy Fighter Readiness Nearing 80 Percent Mission Capable Target

Navy Fighter Readiness Nearing 80 Percent Mission Capable Target

Cmdr. Leslie Mintz, executive officer of the “Blacklions” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, inspects an F/A-18F Super Hornet prior to her flight on board Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL – The Navy now boasts its Super Hornet fleet is routinely 63 to 75 percent mission capable, a significant jump from the fall when the Navy struggled to keep half of its F-18s ready to fly.

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Navy Rules Out Suspected Physiological Episodes Cause While Super Hornet Rates Grow in 2019

Navy Rules Out Suspected Physiological Episodes Cause While Super Hornet Rates Grow in 2019

F/A-18E Super Hornets from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136 “Knighthawks” fly in formation during a photo exercise over Calif., on March 12, 2019. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL — The Navy has ruled out breathing air contamination as a cause of physiological episodes, but a complex set of conditions – including both cabin pressure issues and human factors – has led to the rates of pilots experiencing PEs this current fiscal year being back on the rise. Read More

Navy Will Perform Unprecedented 21-Fighter Flyover for Bush Funeral

Navy Will Perform Unprecedented 21-Fighter Flyover for Bush Funeral

Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, talk with then-Capt. Chip Miller, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), in the captain’s in-port cabin. Bush and his wife, Barbara, spent their time aboard watching flight operations, touring the ship and spending time with the crew. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional information from the Navy.

The Navy will honor former naval aviator and 41st president George H.W. Bush on Thursday with a largest-ever 21-aircraft missing man formation as part of his funeral services in Texas. Read More