Royal Australian Air Force confirms FA-18 AB Super Hornets to fly at Classic Fighters 2019

18 December 18

The most powerful jet fighter to date, to debut at Omaka Aerodrome

Blenheim, NZ: We are excited to announce that the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have confirmed their participation in the Yealands Classic Fighters Air Show 2019. The FA-18 Super Hornet, a multi-role fighter aircraft with a maximum speed of 1,960 km/h (Mach 1.6), is an integral part of Australia’s air combat capability and will make its Omaka debut in 2019.

Classic Fighters has enjoyed great support from the RAAF throughout the years. Most recently in 2017 when the C-27J Spartan made its first New Zealand public appearance and before that over several shows with the popular and now retired Caribous. However, the 2019 air show will see this support significantly cranked up in both speed and firepower. The Hornets are capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions with a range of weaponry including air to air missiles, laser guided bombs, anti-ship missiles and 20mm cannon.

David Bamfield, Yealands Classic Fighters Committee Member and former Air Vice-Marshal said “Classic Fighters has always featured some of the world’s most historic combat aircraft including displays that can only be seen at Omaka: the Fokker Triplane formation, V-1, and three Spitfires for example. There are many aircraft of younger vintages that are in every way Classic even if they are still state-of-the-art. The FA-18 Hornet is one of these and will be remembered long after its eventual retirement as one of the world’s most successful fighters. A true Classic and we are thrilled and honoured to have it in our midst. This will be a very impressive display.”

It has not yet been confirmed how many of the Hornets will be jetting their way to Classic Fighters 2019 but they are certain to make their presence known with a thunderous display of speed, power and manoeuvrability, don’t miss it!

About Yealands Classic Fighters Omaka: Held every alternate Easter the air show is the main fundraising event for the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, located in Blenheim, Marlborough NZ. The next show is 19-21 April 2019.

UPDATE: Further to the press release issued 20 November announcing the confirmation of the FA-18 Super Hornet to participate in the Yealands Classic Fighters Air Show 2019, we have received notification that this should have read F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet.

The F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet is a multi-role fighter, single seat aircraft and has a maximum speed of 2,200 km/h (Mach 1.8), as opposed to the 1,960km/h (Mach 1.6) of the FA-18 Super Hornet.

Spokesperson, Graham Orphan said “Of course we're delighted to be hosting any of the stunning FA-18 Hornet series jet fighters at this airshow but at the risk of stating the obvious, it makes more sense to have the Classic Hornet performing here at Classic Fighters Airshow, and of course, the Classic Hornet is faster, so will arrive sooner, so we could not be happier to be hosting these awesome machines!”.

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