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Scientists continue search for murder hornet nests

Scientists continue search for murder hornet nests

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SPOKANE, Wash. -- Workers from the state Department of Agriculture managed to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the U.S. without suffering any stings or other injuries, the agency said Monday.The nest, located in Whatcom County near the Canadian border, created concern because the Asian giant hornets are large and their sting can be lethal, especially if a person is stung numerous times. The hornets also pose a huge threat to honey bees that pollinate many crops."No one was stung and no one was even attacked that I am aware of,'' said Sven-Erik Spichiger, an entomologist who directed the nest eradication Saturday near the town of Blaine.Scientists recovered 98 hornets from the nest, including 13 that were captured alive in a net, the agency said."The WSDA is ...
Boeing nabs $75.1M for Super Hornet service life modification

Boeing nabs $75.1M for Super Hornet service life modification

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April 24 (UPI) -- Boeing received a $ 75.1 million contract Friday to support the F/A-18E-F Super Hornet service life modification program, according to the Pentagon. Under the contract Boeing will provide engineering services to extend the aircraft's service life beyond the original design of 6,000 flight hours. In February Boeing delivered the first Super Hornet modified under the Service Life Modification program. The SLM upgrades are expected to extend each aircraft's service life from 6,000 to 7,500 flight hours, with future modification plans that may extend it to 10,000 flight hours. According to Boeing, there are now 15 Super Hornets in the SLM program on production lines in St. Louis and San Antonio. Earlier this month General Electric was awarded $ 51.5 million to provide engin...
GE awarded $51.5M to provide Super Hornet engines

GE awarded $51.5M to provide Super Hornet engines

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April 7 (UPI) -- General Electric was awarded a $ 51.5 million contract to procure engines and other parts for the Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. The deal modifies an earlier contract awarded in 2018 and funds the procurement of eight GE F414-400 spare engines, 11 afterburner modules and 12 low pressure turbine modules for the Super Hornet, which is made by Boeing. The Super Hornet is a twin-engine multirole fighter used by the United States and Australia. The first operational Super Hornet squadron was formed in June 2001. More than half the work on the deal will be performed at GE's worksite in Lynn, Mass., with other parts of the project being carried out at various U.S. campuses. In February Boeing delivered the first F/A-18 Super Hornet up...
Last operational F-18 Hornet squadron flies into the sunset

Last operational F-18 Hornet squadron flies into the sunset

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Feb. 5 (UPI) -- During a sundown ceremony, the last operational F/A-18C Hornet squadron took flight over Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., as the military transitions to new jets. The "Blue Blasters," the lone Hornet squadron that has not transitioned to Boeing's F/A-18E Super Hornet, took flight on Feb. 1, the Navy announced on Monday. The Navy has flown the Hornet since 1978, including deploying the F/A-18A/B Hornet in 1983 and the upgraded F-18C/D model in 1987. The larger F/A-18E/F Super Hornet has flown since 1999. The remaining single-seat, twin-engine, supersonic Hornets took their last flight with Strike Fighter Squadron 34, taking a longer route on their final flight -- including near the First Flight Memorial near Kitty Hawk, N.C. The F/A-18 Hornet is the nation's...
GE contracted for F414 engine support on Super Hornet, Growler aircraft

GE contracted for F414 engine support on Super Hornet, Growler aircraft

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July 3 (UPI) -- General Electric has been awarded a contract for support of the F414 engine, found in the Super Hornet and Growler aircraft. The contract, announced Monday by the Department of Defense, comes under a $ 37 million modification to an existing contract for the repair, replacement and general support of 773 F414 engines for the F/A-18E and F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler fighter aircraft. The F-18 series of aircraft -- the Growler is an electronic warfare variant -- is the primary naval fighter of the United States, as well as a number of allied nations. The fighters specialize in jamming enemy aircraft and ground defense systems. Work will be performed at General Electric locations across the United States, as well as the Fleet Readiness Center at Jacksonville, Fla. Work i...