Navy's Last F-18 Hornet Squadron Sundowns

The Navy held a sundown ceremony on Friday for its last operational F-18 Hornet squadron, with the “Blue Blasters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 taking their last flight over Naval Air Station Oceana before transitioning to newer jets.

The Navy has flown the Hornet since 1978, with the service first deploying the F-18A/B Hornet in 1983 and the upgraded F-18C/D model in 1987, according to Naval Air Systems Command. The 40-year-old platform has worked alongside the larger F/A-18E/F Super Hornet since 1999.

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