Lockheed built 5 Full Scale Development (FSD) aircraft, this 780 was FSD1. Construction of this aircraft started at Burbank (CA) in Nov'79. The Nighthawk was delivered to Area 51 / Groom Lake / Tonopah AFB on 17 Jan'81. Four months later, 780 made its 1st flight on 06:05 hrs in the morning on 18 Jun'81. The flight only lasted for 15 min. as the temperature of the exhaust buildup to high. On 1 July the 2nd flight was made, 35 min after t/o the test pilot experienced stability issues, but landed safely. Six flights followed. After an operational career, it was put preserved on 16 May'92.
This former Israeli Air Force Kfir C2 (serial 928) was sold to the civil market late 2005. The aircraft was incorperated in the civil fleet of ATAC, a commercial company that provides adversary training for the US Forces.
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.
Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 204, also known as the "River Rattlers", is a US Navy Reserve strike fighter squadron flying the F/A-18A+ Hornet. The squadron is based at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans (LA) but detachments can be found quite often at Fallon.
On 6 March 2012, this IAI Kfir C2, former Israeli Air Force serial 820, flew under contract of the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), but crashed while attempting an emergency landing at NAS Fallon (NV). The pilot reported emergency fuel status prior to the accident. Unfortunately, he was killed on the scene and his airplane was completely destroyed by impact forces and postcrash fire.
An adversary F-5N (former Swiss Air Force J-3039) of Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 13 "Saints" seen, prior its most probably highly manoeuvreble flight against some F/A-18s, at the platform of NAS Fallon.
Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 "Black Lions", normally based at NAS Oceana (VA), visited NAS Fallon for a TOP GUN course during their work-ups for an upcoming deployment with Carrier Air Wing EIGHT on board of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). That deployment started in May 2011 and brought ship and wing to the Mediterrannean Sea and Persian Gulf in support of CENTCOM operations.