There was an explosion while two Marines were working on a Hornet. Two Marines were burned from the flash fire. One Marine is in critical condition.
Both are still in the hospital. There's not a lot of information out and about as far as my news feeds have been showing.
I thought I read somewhere it was an older model (ie non Rhino), but I can't seem to find the link. However, I want to separate that from the
really known info. It would fit with the recent narrative of the older Hornets. Do we have a definitive source on which Hornet model this was?
It more less boils down to time on wing with legacy aircraft. The later models, like the C have some advantages over the earlier ones, such as having
the upgrades built into them from the start, but if you look at the A-D specifications, performance wise they're not that far apart when compared to
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