VIDEO: Boeing test pilots argue for Super Hornet over F-35

Two big aerospace companies are at the Abbotsford Airshow, trying to sway the Canadian government to buy their planes

Boeing test pilot Ricardo Traven explains why he thinks the Super Hornet is superior to the F-35.

Boeing test pilot Ricardo Traven explains why he thinks the Super Hornet is superior to the F-35.



Two of the world’s biggest aerospace companies are showing off their fighter jet planes, hoping to impress the Canadian government.

The Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II are both potential replacements for Canada’s aging fleet of McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornets.

Test pilots Ricardo Traven and Justin Carlson spoke to media on Thursday, making the case for why their Super Hornets are the way to go.

Ricardo Traven said the two-engine Super Hornet is safer than the one-engine F-35, which he said would be disabled if a bird flew into one engine.

Traven also said the Super Hornet has exceptional maneuverability.

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