US Navy confirms for Air Tattoo!
Published: 23 Jun 2016
The United States Navy will be showing off its 21st Century capability at this year's Air Tattoo.
The F/A-18 Super Hornet will take part in the flying display, demonstrating the raw power and agility of this swing-role, carrier-based attack aircraft. Flown by a Boeing test pilot, the display was a highlight of the Air Tattoo two years ago, where it flew with a simulated weapons load.
The Super Hornet entered operational service in 2002 over the skies of Southern Iraq and has served in all major US operations since then. It is in service with the Royal Australian Air Force, the only other customer for the type.
On the ground a US Navy P-8 Poseidon, based on the civilian Boeing 737, will join the line-up of static aircraft. The P-8 is a long-range multi-mission maritime aircraft that performs anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare roles. The type is tipped to fill the United Kingdom's maritime patrol capability gap, created when the Nimrod was disbanded.