Episode 682: Farewell to the Classic Hornet

With the sad news that the RAAF have withdrawn the F/A-18 A & B aircraft from service this week, the boys are joined by Stewart Wilson, a well known aviation author and historian in Australia, to discuss their history in RAAF service. They even mention why these models are referred to as “Classic Hornets” in Australia rather than “Legacy Hornets” as the US military calls them.

We also have a blooper for this episode which you can play via the player below:

RAAF F/A-18A Hornet A21-8 at Wings Over Illawarra - Image by Jai Balmer

RAAF F/A-18A Hornet A21-8 (msn 306/AF-08 – delivered 28 Aug 1986) in 75SQN markings, departs RWY16 at Shellharbour Airport (NSW) for its final public display at the Wings Over Illawarra Airshow – 28 Nov 2021 (Image by Jai Balmer)

Group Captain Jason Easthope shuts down A21-8 (image by Jai Balmer)

Group Captain Jason Easthope – aka “Easty” – shuts down A21-8 after the final public display of the RAAF F/A-18A Hornet at WIngs Over Illawarra, 28 Nov 2021 (image by Jai Balmer)

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