10 Million Flight-Hours and Soaring

Worldwide fleet of F/A-18’s reaches 10 million flight hours

September 06, 2017 in Defense

The global F/A-18 and EA-18 fleet achieved a significant milestone, reaching the 10 million flight-hour mark.

“Three hundred and sixty-five days a year, 24 hours a day, there is a Super Hornet or Growler somewhere in the sky serving the Navy,” said Bob Kornegay, Boeing’s domestic capture team lead for the program.

Dan Gillian, vice president of F/A-18 and EA-18 programs, said the team is proud of the milestone and looking forward to the program’s bright future. “The F/A-18 is a combat-proven, evolutionary aircraft that has stayed ahead of the threat by regularly incorporating new capabilities into the platform,” said Gillian. “It will continue its evolution into a next generation aircraft with Block III upgrades that will let the Navy add millions of additional flight hours while serving as the backbone of the carrier fleet into the 2040s.”

Today there are more than 1,200 F/A-18 and EA-18 aircraft flying in 71 U.S. Navy and Marine Corps squadrons, including the Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron. Seven international countries also operate the aircraft.

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