U.S. Navy Sees Longer Super Hornet Life

By Bill Sweetman

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. — The U.S. Navy’s Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler fleets could last 50% longer than planned, current studies are showing.

The Navy has been basing its fleet planning on a 6,000-hour life for the jet, which entered service in 2001, leading to the retirement of the first aircraft around 2025 and a fleet retirement in the 2030s. However, experience with the ...

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