The Aero Experience Exclusive! Update: Second Day of Flying!
The Boeing F/A-18 "Ultra Hornet" took off on its maiden flight today at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport this morning. The modified Super Hornet was configured with conformal fuel tanks as part of a year-long development program to enhance the range and weapons capabilities of the aircraft. Pilots Steve Schmidt and Mike Wallace reported that the aircraft flew as expected and declared the hour-plus functional test flight a success. More details on the first flight can be found on the HyperScale Forum. Here are some exclusive photos of the takeoff:
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