What was the fighter jet doing there?

Cathy of Norton Shores asked, "I saw an F-18 jet fighter at the Muskegon County Airport last week. It came in Thursday and left very loudly Saturday morning. What was it doing here?"
Mark Brooky
Jun 26, 2013

ANSWER:

The U.S. Navy fighter parked by the Executive Air Transport section, but that's about all anyone at the airport seems to know.

"We frequently see military aircraft," said the airport manager, Marty Piette. "It's just that some are louder than others."

An employee of Executive Air Transport said planes and helicopters come in all the time and don't always tell them why they're there. Once in a while, a military jet flies in for either refueling or it's on a test flight.

The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine supersonic jet designed to dogfight and attack ground targets (F/A designates fighter/attack). It has a top speed of Mach 1.8 and has been the aerial demonstration aircraft for the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, since 1986.

A World War II-era B-17 Flying Fortress bomber is at the Muskegon County Airport this week. Its stay has been extended until Friday morning. Tours of the Sentimental Journey's cockpit are available for $5 and rides start at $425. Looks are free.

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