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McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet

Photo ID 137181 by Brian Lockett. USA Marines McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, 164016
The F/A-18 Hornet is an all-weather carrier-capable multirole fighter jet, designed to attack both ground and aerial targets. It can operate from either aircraft carriers or land bases. The F/A-18 fills a variety of roles: air superiority, fighter escort, suppression of enemy air defenses, reconnaissance, forward air control, close and deep air support, and day and night strike missions.
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • First Flight: 1986
  • Initial Service Date: 1987
  • No. Built: 1,480
  • No. In Service: 1,400 (approx.)
  • No. of Hardpoints: 9
  • Crew: 1

Power:

2x General Electric F404-402 afterburning turbofans at 142.4 kN

Weapons:

One 20-mm M61A1 Vulcan cannon (570 rds)
AIM-7 Sparrow, AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-120 AMRAAM, AIM-132 ASRAAM
AGM-45 Shrike, AGM-62 Walleye, AGM-65 Maverick, AGM-84 Harpoon, AGM-84 SLAM, AGM-84 SLAM-ER, AGM-88 HARM, AGM-123 Skipper, AGM-154 JSOW
GBU-10/12/24/51 Paveway laser-guided, GBU-15 EO-guided, GBU-29/30/31/32/35 JDAM, B-57/61 nuclear, Mk 82/83/84 GP, Mk 20 Rockeye, BLU-107 Durandal, CBU-59 cluster

Dimensions:

Length:17.07 m.
Wing Span:11.43 m.
Wing Area:37.16 m²
Height:4.7 m.
Empty Weight:11.43 kg.
Max. Weight:25,400 kg.
Max. Ordnance Load:7,030 kg.
Internal Fuel:4,925 kg.

Performance:

Max. Speed:1,915 kph
Normal Range:1,480 km
Max. Range:3,335 km

Operators:

Australia (Royal Australian Air Force)
Canada (Canadian Armed Forces, Air Command)
Finland, Suomen Ilmavoimat (Finnish Air Force)
Kuwait, al-Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Kuwaitiya (Kuwaiti Air Force)
Malaysia, Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (Royal Malaysian Air Force)
Spain, Ejército del Aire Española (Spanish Air Force)
Switzerland, Schweizer Luftwaffe (Swiss Air Force)
United States (US Marine Corps)
United States (US Navy)
United States (NASA)

Random great photos of the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet:

Photo ID 140576 by Helwin Scharn. Finland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, HN 429
Photo ID 75009 by Marcel J. van Bielder. USA Marines McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, 164698
Photo ID 190168 by Andreas Zeitler - Flying-Wings. Switzerland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, J 5018
Photo ID 82167 by Brandon Thetford. USA Navy McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, 164057
Photo ID 115188 by Andreas Weber. Switzerland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, J 5026
Photo ID 159350 by Arie van Groen. Switzerland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, J 5012
Photo ID 171865 by Sven Zimmermann. Switzerland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, J 5008
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