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The Corps reopened an old aviation mishap investigation following deadly 2018 midair tanker collision

During the investigation of the deadly 2018 midair collision of a KC-130 and Hornet, the Corps discovered a strikingly similar mishap in 2016, which was improperly investigated.

The Corps decided to reopen the investigation into a midair collision between a KC-130 and F/A-18 that occurred on April 28, 2016, off the coast of Japan.

No one was killed in the 2016 incident, and both aircraft were able to land. But, a Hornet did impact and shear off the refueling hose and drogue of a KC-130J, damaging both aircraft during a night time low-light level refueling exercise.

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Navy’s F/A-18C Classic Hornet Makes Final Flight

The U.S. Navy’s final F/A-18C Hornet has officially retired from active duty.

The service announced this month that its last twin-engine, multirole C model made its final flight at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, on Oct. 2. The 31-year-old Hornet’s sunset flight included three F/A-18F Super Hornets, marking the Navy’s transition, which began decades ago, to the more capable and advanced fighter.

The Hornet, tail number 300, was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA)-106 “Gladiators” at Cecil Field, Florida, for its entire service life. The Navy accepted the aircraft on Oct. 14, 1988; the pilot for its final flight, Lt. Andrew Jalali, was also born that same year, according to a Navy news release.

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With the Osprey Waiting on Deck, Delivery Service to Carriers is About to Change

Dawn has barely broken and Rawhide 78, a Northrop Grumman C-2 Greyhound, is already dodging storm clouds on its way to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, about 100 miles off Florida?s northeast coast. The Truman is gearing up for a nine-month cruise and is chock-full of airplanes, but they aren?t launching and landing. Today is a change-of-command ceremony. Rawhide?s load is light: one bulky access panel for an F/A-18, a couple dozen personal packages for the carrier?s crew, 28 empty seats, and one nervous writer. A few-minutes? flight ahead is another C-2 full of command staff for the ceremony.

The C-2 is?with its close cousin, the E-2 Hawkeye?the heaviest airplane to board the carrier, but its pilots take pride in a crisp ?break? over the ship. They make to overfly the carrier at an 800-foot altitude but, midway down the deck, throw their airplane into a hard left bank, lowering the flaps and landing gear as they descend and bleed off speed. When the Greyhound rolls level, it is on glideslope for the Truman?s angled landing area, and as aircrew in the back signal to brace, Rawhide 78 catches the three-wire and jerks to a halt. The pilots fold the wings immediately and taxi to its parking area.

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Marines Moving To Composite Hornet Squadrons Made Up Of F/A-18Ds And F/A-18Cs

Single-seat F/A-18C Hornets have started appearing in Marine all-weather strike fighter squadrons, designated VMFA(AW)s, which have traditionally been equipped with two-seat F/A-18Ds. It hasn’t been made clear exactly what is going on with what is truly an odd sight for military aviation aficionados to see?single-seat Hornets flying with the designations and motifs of famed two-seat VMFA(AW) squadrons.?The War Zone was just as curious as anyone about the peculiar arrangement, although we had a good idea of how and why it came to be. But still, the move, if permanent, is a major one for the USMC and its four VMFA(AW) squadrons, so we reached out to the Corps to get the bottom line on just how extensive and long-lasting the new squadron structure may be. The information we received from our inquiry describes a far more widespread metamorphosis that is happening across the entire Marine Corps’ Hornet enterprise.?

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