Boeing loses another revenue stream as US Navy takes final delivery of Block II Super Hornet jet

The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet has been the US Navy’s workhorse attack aircraft for nearly two decades, with the planes involved in almost all of America’s foreign wars since 2001, from Iraq and Afghanistan to Syria and Iraq again. Its predecessor, the F/A-18, took part in the 1986 bombing of Libya, the Gulf War, and the 90s Yugoslav wars. The US Navy has taken delivery of its final Block II Super Hornet aircraft, bringing the total number of planes delivered since 2005 up to 608 (among them 322 single seater F/A-18Es and 286 twin seater F/A-18Fs). According to Janes, the final plane was sent to Strike Fighter Squadron 34, based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia on April 17. Pentagon F/A-18 programme office director Jason Denney called the delivery “a stepping stone along the path to continuously evolving our platforms to meet the US Navy’s ever-evolving needs,” stressing the Block III upgrades were “just steps behind” with the new Block III Super Hornet test platforms…


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