The F/A18 Hornet Story

The F/A18 Hornet Story

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Built to replace both the A-7 Corsair II light attack aircraft and the F-4 Phantom II fighter in US Navy service, the F/A-18 evolved from Northrop's YF-17 in the late 1970s. Production aircraft reached the Navy in May 1980, with the Marine Corps receiving Hornets two years later. More than 800 examples would eventually be built for US service, with a further 500 aircraft being sold to seven export customers. Earning its battle spurs in April 1986 flying strike missions against Libya from US carriers in the Mediterranean, the Hornet would subsequently participate in Operation Desert Storm five years later than the various 'policing' operations in Iraq and the Balkans that followed. Still very much in frontline use with the US Navy and Marine Corps today, the 'legacy' Hornet, as all non-Super Hornet variants have been dubbed, provides the backbone for carrier-based naval aviation.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 128 pages
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • 0752484974
  • 9780752484976

About Tony Holmes

Tony Holmes is an aviation expert and experienced author on the subject. Awarded The Hook magazine's Contributor of the Year Award in 2005, his previously published aviation works include Jane's Recognition Guide - US Military Aircraft Recognition Guide, Osprey Duels Spitfire vs Bf 109, Hurricane vs Bf 110 and Spitfire: Flying Legend - 60th Anniversary 1936-1996 and The F-14 Tomcat Story.show more