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Two broken Hornets = 1 new Hornet. We tinker at the Finnish Patria!

(B2) Finland's Patria built a two-seat F-18 Hornet from two damaged single-seat Hornet aircraft fuselages. The first single-seat Hornet was damaged in flight during a night exercise in November 2001 near Karstula. Another part came from a Canadian two-seater plane. And a new fuselage was almost entirely built by Patria. Such a change has not been achieved anywhere else. And the Finnish manufacturer is very proud. The fighter is expected to fly for the first time in October. Cost of change: 15 million euros. It is not given…

(updated January 22) No luck! We learned that this Hornet (HN468) crashed in Juupajoki, in a region without habitation. The pilots ejected and were able to escape without too much damage (injuries not too serious according to the Finnish media).



Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).