N328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6483 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4131 times:
Do other nations that operate the Hornet (mainly thinking of Australia here, but could be Spain or Canada) perform full-fledged takeoffs and landings on US CVNs, in order to obtain/maintain that skillset?
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L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29705 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4063 times:
I don't know about any F-18 nation carrier qualifying any of their aircraft or pilots.
That being said, The Argentines used to shoot approaches and touch and goes off US carriers passing in their waters with their Entendards (How however it is spelled) after their carrier was retired. Since the US ships didn't have the appropriate launching bridles on the ship, where was no way to catapult the aircraft, actual landings did not occur.
Seen video of it, on Discovery channel or History channel or something.
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320tech From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined May 2004, 491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3948 times:
I understand that there have been some Canadian F-18 pilots who have served on exchange with the USN or USMC (one was killed just a couple of weeks ago in a USMC F-18). They would get carrier qualified if that's what their job entails.
Otherwise, Canada doesn't do anything to obtain carrier quals.
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Dl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11446 posts, RR: 76
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3853 times:
None of the non-US users f the F-18 operate them as naval aircraft nor do they own carriers that could support this aircraft. The nations that do touch and gos on US carriers are France, Argentina and Brasil. They use their own carrier aircraft (all of US or French origin) but not any F/A-18ac.
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Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3722 times:
Your link reminds me of the time I ran into a Royal Navy exchange pilot at NAS Miramar in the early 90's. I had just left the base gym when I saw a pilot with wearing a USN issue flight suit and a VF-124 patch on it. This in and of it's self is not odd. What he was wearing on his head was. He was wearing a RN officers dress uniform cap. USN pilots typically wear their garrison cap or a squadron ball cap when they are wearing a flight suit. Guess he left his ball cap at home.
If I'm not mistaken all export F/A-18 retain the wingfold mechanism. Probably not cost effective to design and build a wing without it.
Mdundon From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 3693 times:
Following the crash related death of the Canadian pilot flying a USMC F18, I read in the Canadian press that there are over 100 Canadian Armed Forces pilots on exchange in the US. They are fully integrated into the squadrons and would perform carrier landings if that is what their posting requires.