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|Hornet||The Hornet is universally regarded by those in the know as the most versatile and effective aircraft around. Capable of both ground-attack and day/night all-weather air-to-air missions, the Hornet has earned a justifiable reputation as the most sought-after cockpit in the single-seat business. During the months before the outbreak of hostilities in the Gulf War, Hornets flew round-the-clock Combat Air Patrols to provide top cover for Allied fleets. They played a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Iraqi aircraft probing their defenses before turning away, but when the war started it was a different game and in deadly earnest. US Navy and Marine Corps F-18s were among the first Allied aircraft to cross the Iraqi border and they remained in the thick of the fighting throughout the air campaign. In addition to flying escort and sweep missions in support of strike aircraft to and from targets deep within Iraq, Hornets also flew bombing and defence suppression missions and participated in raids on Baghdad. They flew more than 10,000 sorties and 25,000 flight hours during Operation Desert Storm, and shot down two Iraqi MiG 21s to add to the proud McDonnell boast that every enemy fighter shot down in combat was downed by one of their aircraft.|
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|RECENT UPDATES TO OUR AVIATION HISTORY DATABASES|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Pilot Officer Robinson :|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : A. R. Clough : Squadrons updated (added No.99 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Whitley P5013 : Airframe notes updated (added 11-02-1941 : Whitley was unable to comply with diversion order and subsequently was abandoned at Hatfield Military Complex.)|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington T2702 : Airframe notes updated (added 10-02-1941 : Wellington was last heard confirming its task had been completed. It was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed west of Kampen in Holland. The remains of one of the crew, Sergeant Reardon weren't found until 1967 and was buried.)|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : W. F. Hurst :|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : R. Clark : Squadrons updated (added No.78 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated|
|Updates made to Airframes database for : Whitley P4981 : Airframe notes updated (added 11-02-1941 : Whitley was ordered to divert to Dres but encountered bad weather and the Whitley was abandoned near Grimethrope in Yorkshire.)|
|JGr126 added to the squadrons database.|
|New victory claim added : He111 claimed on 26th September 1940 by Jozef Jeka of No.238 Sqn RAF|
|Updates made to Aircrew database for : Sergeant Hughes :|
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