RAAF has unveiled today a special scheme on one of No.75 Squadron's F/A-18 Hornets. The special 'Magpie' scheme will remain until the type is retired from service and is likely to be an attraction at any 'farewell tour' appearances for the Classic Hornet at any airshows that go ahead between now and then.
Yes I agree a good scheme to take the Classic out before 75 sqn converts to the F35. Another nice touch is it’s name tagged with WGCDR Ross Fox a much respected and popular leader in the RAAF. He died tragically in 1990 near Katherine, NT after a mid air collision with another hornet. Fox died instantly as a result of the collision, which saw the outer portion of A21-29’s port wing flown by FLGOFF David Smith slice through the forward fuselage of A21-42. FLGOFF Smith was able to land safely at Tindal, however, WGCDR Fox’s aircraft crashed about 35 km from Katherine at a place ironically called Hornet Hill. Interestingly I believe Fox’s aircraft had a top hat on the tail but the magpie better relates to the squadron as it’s represented on their crest.
There was one in Desert Air Force P-40-inspired markings that disappeared right after it was unveiled due to talk that they perhaps hadn’t got the colours right.
This looks amazing. What a way to farewell the type from 75’s service. Stunning!
I remember that one. Thought at time it looked cool and didn't get all the fuss. My early favorite was a Cobra mouth on the 3sqn CO's jet for an ex at Clark AFB with the USAF shark mouthed F4s. Cobra is 3sqns lead radio callsign.