Royal Australian Air Drive (RAAF) has farewelled the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A/B Hornets after greater than 35 years of service, with an finish of period occasion at Royal Australian Air Drive Base Williamtown on November 29. The primary two F/A-18A/B Hornets arrived in Australia on June 6, 1984, partially disassembled at the back of a C-5 Galaxy all the best way from St. Louis, Missouri, United States. They had been adopted by the following two Hornets, flown in a continuous record-breaking trans-Pacific 15-hour ferry on Could 17, 1985. The farewell exercise included a flying show over Tindal and Williamtown to thank the neighborhood for his or her assist.

Commander Air Fight Group, Air Commodore Tim Alsop stated,“We couldn’t conduct our flying operations and workouts with out the assist of the neighborhood, notably round RAAF Bases Tindal, Williamtown and Darwin – they’ve supported us for the final 30 years and for that we thank them. The Hornets have contributed to Australia’s air energy for one third of Air Drive’s centenary, defending Australia and its pursuits each at dwelling and on the world stage. While pilots are crucial to fly a Hornet, it’s a group effort to maintain them within the air – with technicians, engineers, logistics, life assist fitters, personnel functionality and safety forces all guaranteeing that the Hornet might conduct its function.”


Minister for Defence The Hon Peter Dutton MP, addresses the friends attending the farewell ceremony for the F/A-18A/B Hornet at RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales.(Picture by LACW Catherine KellyPhoto by LACW Catherine Kelly/Australian Authorities Division of Defence)

In a becoming tribute to the fighter jet, a solo flying show marked its last farewell to the Australian public on the Wings over Illawarra Airshow on November 28. Over the following 3 many years, 71 Hornets contributed to a number of operations and workouts via the dedication of all aviators at Nos. 3, 75 and 77 Squadron, and No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit. The F/A-18A (single seat) and F/A-18B (twin seat) Hornets have been an integral a part of Australia’s air fight functionality, able to air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. The F/A-18A/B Hornets deployed to Operations Slipper, Falconer and Okra conducting strike and shut air assist missions in assist of coalition forces.

The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine, supersonic, all-weather, carrier-capable, multirole fight jet, designed as each a fighter and assault plane (therefore the F/A designation). Designed by McDonnell Douglas (now a part of Boeing) and Northrop (now a part of Northrop Grumman), the F/A-18 was derived from the latter’s YF-17 within the Nineteen Seventies to be used by the US Navy and Marine Corps. The F/A-18 can carry out fighter escort, fleet air protection, suppression of enemy air defenses, air interdiction, shut air assist, and aerial reconnaissance. Its versatility and reliability have confirmed it to be a beneficial provider asset.

The Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A A21-002 display at the Classic Hornet end of an era celebration at RAAF Williamtown, New South Wales.
The Royal Australian Air Drive F/A-18A A21-002 show on the Basic Hornet finish of an period celebration at RAAF Williamtown, New South Wales.(Picture by LACW Catherine Kelly/Australian Authorities Division of Defence)