A top Navy modernization official had to justify the service's decision to kill plans to build 36 new F/A-18 Super Hornets.
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Data from the watch shows he died less than an hour before his body was recovered.
The 31-year-old Hornet's sunset flight included three F/A-18F Super Hornets.
Officials said F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler fleets each "stand above" the 80% readiness goal.
A report found that inadequate training also contributed to a deadly refueling mission; four leaders were fired.
The Air Force Thunderbirds, Navy Blue Angels and F-35s will also put on a show along the Hudson River on Aug. 22.
The Super Hornet went down around 10 a.m. Wednesday during a routine training flight.
An F/A-18E Super Hornet has crashed near Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, California, the Navy said Wednesday.
The Blue Angels team has its first F-35B pilot, but he won't be flying the Joint Strike Fighter jet in any upcoming shows....
President Donald Trump presided at a carefully choreographed Fourth of July show of military might.