Twilight for Australia’s Hornets


Nigel Pittaway reviews the status of the Royal Australian Air Force’s F/A-18 Hornet fleet now toward the end of its service life

F/A-18A Hornet A21-38 is painted in a black and silver paint scheme to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force’s 75 Squadron based at Tindal in the Northern Territory.
All images Nigel Pittaway

Two squadrons of Royal Australian Air Force McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A/B classic Hornets participated in last year’s Pitch Black air combat exercise over the Northern Territory in July and August.

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