Boeing has completed the first flight of the first F/A-18F for the Royal Australian Air Force, after its July 8 unveiling.
The flight lasted more than an hour and took place from Lambert International Airport.
Boeing says the aircraft will be delivered still this month, which the company says is three months early.
The next milestone looms in March when the first Super Hornet is due at RAAF Amberley. All 24 of the aircraft, are due to be handed over before the end of 2011.
The RAAF is fitting the Super Hornets with APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar and ATFLIR target pods. Half the fleet is being wired so they can be converted into EA-18G Growlers, although a decision on whether to pursue that upgrade has not been made, yet.
Greg Combet, Australia's Minister for Defense Personnel, Materiel and Science says that the program is on schedule and on budget.