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Australia sells remaining classic Hornets to private contractor


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Gareth Jennings, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

Australia has sold its remaining Boeing F/A-18A/B Hornet fighter aircraft to a private contractor in the United States, a Department of Defence (DoD) spokesperson announced on 5 March.

The Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) final 46 ‘classic’ Hornets are to be transferred to Illinois-based Air USA, which will use the aircraft for US Air Force (USAF) ‘Red Air’ aggressor training.

As noted by the Australian DoD, the aircraft will be prepared for their new owner and role at RAAF Base Williamtown in New South Wales “over the next three to four years”. No contract value was disclosed.

The sale of these final Hornet fighters follows an earlier sale of 18 aircraft to the Royal Canadian Air Force, and is the latest milestone in the RAAF’s transition from the type over to the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

FSTO said:
This just get more embarrassing every day.
I quite agree.

Canadians could care less. Most are only concerned with what mindless drivelling TV show they are going to watch tonight and what they are going to order from Skip the Dishes.

We are in deep trouble - and at this rate its not going to end well.

I fear for our nation.