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F/A-18 Hornet Specifications
Primary Function: Multi-role attack and fighter aircraft
Contractor: McDonnell Douglas
Crew: A,C and E models: One
B,D and F models: Two
Unit Cost: $29 million
  Two F404-GE-402 enhanced performance turbofan engines (17,700 pounds (8,027 kg) static thrust each)
Length: 56 feet (16.8 meters)
Wingspan: 40 feet 5 inches (13.5 meters)
Height: 15 feet 4 inches (4.6 meters)
Empty: 23,050 lb (10455 kg) -- F/A-18C
Maximum Takeoff: 51,900 pounds (23,537 kg)
Speed: Mach 1.7+
Ceiling: 50,000+ feet
Range: Combat: 1.089 nautical miles (1252.4 miles/2003 km), clean plus two AIM-9s
Ferry: 1,546 nautical miles (1,777.9 miles/2844 km), two AIM-9s plus three 330 gallon tanks retained
  One M61A1/A2 Vulcan 20mm cannon; AIM 9 Sidewinder, AIM 7 Sparrow, AIM-120 AMRAAM, Harpoon, Harm, SLAM, SLAM-ER, Maverick missiles; Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JSOW); Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM); various general purpose bombs, mines and rockets.

F/A-18 Hornet Achievements
  • The F/A-18 Hornet broke all records for tactical aircraft in availability, reliability, and maintainability during Operation Desert Storm

F/A-18 Hornet Features
The F/A-18 Hornet is an all-weather aircraft and is used as an attack aircraft, as well as a fighter. While in fighter mode, the F/A-18 Hornets are used mainly as fighter escorts and fleet air defense. While in attack mode, it is used for force projection, interdiction and close and deep air support.

F/A-18 Hornet Background

  The F/A-18 Hornet is derived from the YF-17 (Northrop) Cobra, which lost the LWF competition for the USAF against the Lockheed F-16 Falcon. The F/A-18 was designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft and soon took the place of the USN A-7 and the USMC F-4. The first of 11 pre-production aircraft made the type's maiden flight on November 18, 1978 and production followed of 371 F/A-18A. The F/A-18 introduced a genuine multi-role capability with a well designed cockpit which has three multi-function CRT type displays and true HOTAS controls enabling the pilot to easily switch from attack to fighter mode. The F/A-18 has remarkable dogfighting capabilities and excellent high-alpha capability.

Summary Copyright © Charles M (JetWhiz)

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