The RAAF has taken delivery of six more Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets at RAAF Base Amberley on July 6 following the completion of a four day delivery flight from NAS Lemoore in California supported by two Omega 707 aerial refuelling tankers.
“No. 1 Squadron’s transition from operating the venerable F-111 to the highly sophisticated Super Hornet has delivered a new and potent air combat capability that will serve Australia for many years to come,” Minister for Defence, Senator John Faulkner, said. “The Super Hornet acquisition project continues to be a major success. It is delivering a quantum leap in air combat capability to Air Force, on-time and on-budget.”
At least one and possibly three more Super Hornets are due to be delivered this year, with the remaining 10 all due by the end of 2011.
The first five F/A-18Fs, or Rhinos, were delivered in March.