Boeing delivers RAAF Super Hornets ahead of schedule

AMBERLEY, QUEENSLAND, Oct. 21, 2011. Four new Boeing [NYSE: BA] F/A-18F Super Hornets joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Super Hornet fleet at RAAF Base Amberley today, completing delivery of all 24 RAAF Super Hornets ahead of contract schedule.Their arrival at the base was marked by the four new Super Hornets joining 16 other RAAF F/A-18Fs for a 20-aircraft flyover.

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AMBERLEY, QUEENSLAND, Oct. 21, 2011. Four new Boeing [NYSE: BA] F/A-18F Super Hornets joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Super Hornet fleet at RAAF Base Amberley today, completing delivery of all 24 RAAF Super Hornets ahead of contract schedule.

Their arrival at the base was marked by the four new Super Hornets joining 16 other RAAF F/A-18Fs for a 20-aircraft flyover.

The Australian government announced plans in March 2007 to acquire 24 advanced Block II versions of the F model Super Hornet, which features a two-person cockpit. The first five RAAF Super Hornets arrived at Amberley on March 26, 2010. Today's ceremony marks the fifth and final contracted RAAF Super Hornet delivery.

The Boeing Super Hornet is a multirole aircraft, able to perform every mission in the tactical spectrum, including air superiority, day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defenses, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward air control and tanker missions. Boeing has delivered more than 470 F/A-18E/Fs to the U.S. Navy. Every Super Hornet produced has been delivered on or ahead of schedule and on budget.

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