A RAAF EA/18G has aborted its take off due to an engine fire, pilot and crew are uninjured at this time. A joint USAF/RAAF investigation is to take place, imagine USN will sit in as well.
I'm expecting all RAAF flights to be grounded till a cause is known which may effect flight operations here in Australia as the F/A-18F use the same airframes and engines, how this effects USN operations is TBA
The incident also shows the need when buying aircraft the need for attrition replacements, it will be interesting to see if we will replace with a new airframe or wait till we have sufficient numbers of F35A and convert the prewired jets to G configuration
Latest images show how badly damaged the Growler is. Mostly it was great to hear the crew was OK. I read this Red Flag was going to be special with stuff like GPS signals being blocked. Hopefully they can get back into the air soon with the remaining A/c.