VFA-203. Cartwheeled off runway and caught fire after nose undercarriage collapsed at Savannai IAP, GA on January 16, 2002. Pilot ejected safely. Not repaired following accident. Struck off charge February 14, 2002.
This legacy Hornet was delivered to the US Navy in Fiscal Year 1985. The Marine Corps received the aircraft during late 1988. But eight years later it returned to the Navy, as part of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine, based at NAS China Lake (CA). Following duty with this test squadron it returned to the USMC where it served several Marine Fighter Attack Squadrons up to mid-2019. It is currently based at Fort Worth (TX) with VMFA-112.
A fine US Marine Corps baby Hornet of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 115 "Silver Eagles", armed with AIM-7 Sparrow (a medium-range semi-active radar homing air-to-air missile) during its Top Gun course with the NSAWC at Fallon.
A Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 "Black Knights Hornet finding a parking spot at the busy platform of NAS Fallon during a NSAWC Top Gun course. The squadron is now operating, as the very first USMC unit, the F-35C Lightning II.
A surprise and completely contrasting with the grey mass on board the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) was this Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97 "Warhawks" F/A-18A Hornet. One of the Warhawks Hornets went broke during the Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment, so a replacement aircraft was flown in, and this appeared to be a former US Navy adversary aircraft that served the Naval Strike Air Warfare Center (NSAWC, Top Gun) from NAS Fallon (NV).