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Australia sells remaining classic Hornets to private contractor

04 March 2020
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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).

The last of Australia's 'classic' Hornet fighters are to go to Air USA for contractor-based 'Red Air' pilot training. (RAAF)The last of Australia's 'classic' Hornet fighters are to go to Air USA for contractor-based 'Red Air' pilot training. (RAAF)

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