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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 06:36 AM
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104 Hornets grounded after cracks discovered


Naval Air Systems Command grounded 104 Navy and Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet fighters Friday after inspectors discovered the jets were cracking much earlier than engineers had thought.


104 Hornets grounded after cracks discovered
By Philip Ewing - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Mar 12, 2010 15:56:49 EST

Naval Air Systems Command grounded 104 Navy and Marine F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets Friday after inspectors discovered the airframes were developing cracks much earlier than engineers had thought.

The grounding order affects the first four varieties of Hornet models A through D and does not apply to aircraft now flying combat missions over Iraq or Afghanistan. The number of Hornets affected makes up 16 percent of the Navy-Marine A through D fleet.

There have been no crashes or other mishaps related to the problem, said Navy spokesman Lt. Nate Christensen. The crash Wednesday of a Marine F/A-18D Hornet from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 224 off South Carolina in which both the pilot and weapons officer were rescued was not related to this problem, he said.

Of the 104 grounded jets, 77 are in flight status. Of those, 23 are in Navy and Marine Corps fleet squadrons; five are forward-deployed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan; five belong to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team; and 44 are in fleet replacement squadrons. The other 27 Hornets are in a maintenance status.

The grounding notice from NavAir covered a high stress focus area that engineers already knew about as part of the Hornets service-life assessment program, Christensen said, so NavAir issued a set of instructions for affected aircraft.


Rest of article at: http://www.navytimes.com/news/2010/03/navy_hornets_grou... /



unhappycamper comment: Expect calls for the woefully underpowered and overpriced ($239 million dollars) F-35 to start rising from the folks that insist we need to spend more money to kill more people.
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