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Since it's introduction to service in 1981, the F/A-18 has become the very foundation of U.S. Naval Aviation, comprising more aircraft in U.S. Navy carrier air wings than all other types combined. Now in its 4th decade of service and as many generations of evolution, the F/A-18 has been an international sales success, and gone much farther than the modest goals that created the original Hornet strike fighter in the late 1970s. Along the way, it has replaced more than a half-dozen other types of aircraft in service around the world, and continues to be a production and sales success this day.
To learn more about this ongoing classic strike fighter design, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (greshamj01) for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week will be Schiffer Military Books author Brad Elward, who has written a massive and comprehensive history of the F/A-18 program. A genuine expert on the Hornet and its many variants, Mr. Elward will talk both about his book, along with the history of the aircraft, including its future. Listeners are encouraged to call in and offer questions and opinions if they like, in what will be a fine hour of airplanes and aviation history.
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