Hornet completes long road journey to Perth

After finishing a truly epic road journey across Australia, the retired jet has reached its new home

Former RAAF McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B Hornet A21-101 has arrived at its final destination, the Perth, Western Australia-based RAAFA Bull Creek Aviation Museum. The former 2 OCU jet now wears ARDU test colours and is being prepared for public display following its mammoth 2,500-mile road journey.

It was one of the first three Hornets delivered to the RAAF, back in 1985. During its service career it had been based at Williamtown Air Force Base and in 2018 it participated in exercise Pitch Black, which involved it flying over Australia’s Northern Territory. One of two Hornets used by ARDU based in Edinburgh, South Australia, it was flown by 77 Squadron during Pitch Black. With thanks to Phil Buckley

The Hornet shortly after arriving in Perth
The Hornet shortly after arriving in Perth Tony Brady via Phil Buckley