Hornets geared to sting
IT WAS a busy year for RAAF Base Amberley in 2010 with the arrival of 15 new F/A-18F Super Hornets.
Replacing the ever-popular F-111 jets, which were decommissioned in December, another nine Super Hornets are due to arrive throughout 2011.
Already the base’s No 1 Squadron has reached “initial operational capability” with its 12 Super Hornets, while No 6 Squadron is expected to reach the same status once all 24 arrive.
The status, which was achieved following successful weapons testing in August and September last year, means the jets are ready for battle.
Although only considered an interim aircraft until the arrival of the Joint Strike Fighters, the Super Hornets are expected to grace the sky over Ipswich for many years to come.
The F/A-18F Super Hornet can carry a multitude of weapons and reach a speed of 1960kmh.