NORFOLK, Va. - According to the Navy, the two jets involved in Thursday’s mishap were F/A-18F jets, also known as Super Hornets. The Super Hornet is used as both a fighter jet and an attack aircraft. It’s a two seat aircraft that was first used in the 1980s; a larger and more powerful version of the earlier F/A-18 models.
According to the Boeing Company, the Super Hornet is a twin engine all-weather fighter jet that is capable of landing and taking off from an aircraft carrier. It is also being widely used right now in the war against ISIS.
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However, the aircraft has a history, in May 2015 an F/A-18 crashed in the Persian Gulf. That was not deemed an equipment error, the cause of that crash was the pilots situational awareness.
An investigation is underway after Thursday’s collision.
Both Super Hornets involved in Thursday's incident were assigned to VFA 211 at Oceana, known as the ‘Fighting Checkmates.’
We have been told they were doing routine training during the mishap.