Navy's F/A-18C Classic Hornet Makes Final Flight

The U.S. Navy's final F/A-18C Hornet has officially retired from active duty.

The service announced this month that its last twin-engine, multirole C model made its final flight at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, on Oct. 2. The 31-year-old Hornet's sunset flight included three F/A-18F Super Hornets, marking the Navy's transition, which began decades ago, to the more capable and advanced fighter.

The Hornet, tail number 300, was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA)-106 "Gladiators" at Cecil Field, Florida, for its entire service life. The Navy accepted the aircraft on Oct. 14, 1988; the pilot for its final flight, Lt. Andrew Jalali, was also born that same year, according to a Navy news release.

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