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F/A-18 Hornet

The F/A-18 Hornet is an all-weather fighter and attack aircraft. The single-seat F/A-18 Hornet is the nation's first strike-fighter. It was designed for traditional strike applications such as interdiction and close air support without compromising its fighter capabilities. The newest model, the Super Hornet, is highly capable across the full mission spectrum: air superiority, fighter escort, reconnaissance, aerial refueling, close air support, air defense suppression and day/night precision strike. The EA-18G Growler is another major variant of the F/A-18 family of aircraft that combines the proven F/A-18F Super Hornet platform with a sophisticated electronic warfare suite.

Contractors

Airframe: McDonnell Douglas
Engine: General Electric
Radar: Hughes

F/A-18C Hornet

The F/A-18 Hornet, an all-weather aircraft, is used as an attack aircraft as well as a fighter. In its fighter mode, the F/A-18 is used primarily as a fighter escort and for fleet air defense; in its attack mode, it is used for force projection, interdiction and close and deep air support.
F/A-18C Hornet Copyright © Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Nelson, U.S. Navy

Status

In active service

Crew

1 Pilot

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 16.8 meters 56 feet
Wingspan: 13.5 meters 40.42 feet
Height: 4.6 meters 15.33 feet
Weight
Maximum takeoff weight: 23 537 kilograms 51 900 pounds
Features
Power plant: two F404-GE-402 enhanced performance turbofan engines
Thrust: ~8 029 kilograms static thrust (each engine) 17 700 pounds static thrust (each engine)
Speed: Mach 1.7+
Ceiling: 15 000+ meters 50 000+ feet
Range (combat): 1 089 nautical miles (~2 016 kilometers (clean plus two AIM-9s)) (~1 253 miles (clean plus two AIM-9s))
Range (ferry): 1 546 nautical miles (~2 863 kilometers (two AIM-9s plus three 330 gallon tanks)) (~1 779 miles (two AIM-9s plus three 330 gallon tanks))

F/A-18D Hornet

F/A-18D Hornet Copyright © Lance Cpl. Janessa K. Pon, U.S. Marine Corps

Status

In active service

Crew

1 Pilot
1 Weapon Systems Officer

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 16.8 meters 56 feet
Wingspan: 13.5 meters 40.42 feet
Height: 4.6 meters 15.33 feet
Weight
Maximum takeoff weight: 23 537 kilograms 51 900 pounds
Features
Power plant: two F404-GE-402 enhanced performance turbofan engines
Thrust: ~8 029 kilograms static thrust (each engine) 17 700 pounds static thrust (each engine)
Speed: Mach 1.7+
Ceiling: 15 000+ meters 50 000+ feet
Range (combat): 1 089 nautical miles (~2 016 kilometers (clean plus two AIM-9s)) (~1 253 miles (clean plus two AIM-9s))
Range (ferry): 1 546 nautical miles (~2 863 kilometers (two AIM-9s plus three 330 gallon tanks)) (~1 779 miles (two AIM-9s plus three 330 gallon tanks))

F/A-18E Super Hornet

The newest model, the Super Hornet, is highly capable across the full mission spectrum: air superiority, fighter escort, reconnaissance, aerial refueling, close air support, air defense suppression and day/night precision strike. Compared to the original F/A-18 A through D models, Super Hornet has longer range, an aerial refueling capability, increased survivability/lethality and improved carrier suitability.