Boeing Delivers 200th Super Hornet
01 Sep 2004
Boeing delivered the 200th F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to the U.S. Navy on Aug. 30, 2004 . The airplane, a two-seat "F" model Super Hornet, was delivered to Air test and Evaluation Squadron VX-9 at Naval Air Systems Command China Lake, Calif.
The aircraft was delivered three months ahead of schedule, maintaining the Super Hornet tradition of delivering aircraft well before the contract delivery date. Super Hornets have been delivered on or below cost, and on or ahead of schedule, since the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet entered operational service in November 1999. The Super Hornet has played a key role in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. (...)
In December 2003 Boeing and the U.S. Navy signed a second multiyear procurement contract for 210 aircraft. The contract, valued at $8.6 billion, spans fiscal years 2005 through 2009 and saves taxpayers approximately $1 billion over a typical single-year procurement. The current multiyear contract covers aircraft through fiscal year 2004. (...)