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McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet

Photo ID 190076 by Andreas Zeitler - Flying-Wings. Switzerland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, J 5008
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 35,000 lbf

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:56 ft. 0 in.
Wing Span:37 ft. 5 in.
Wing Area:400 sq.ft
Height:15.25 in.
Empty Weight:24,700 lbs
Max. Weight:51,550 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load:13,700 lbs
Internal Fuel:10,860 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed:1,190 mph
Normal Range:800 nm
Max. Range:1,800 nm

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 110771 by David F. Brown. USA Navy McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, 163449
Photo ID 23256 by Tim Lachenmaier. USA Marines McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, 165227
Photo ID 135065 by Martin Thoeni - Powerplanes. Switzerland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, J 5009
Photo ID 105587 by Peter Boschert. USA Navy McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, 163442
Photo ID 27369 by Giovanni Colla. USA Navy McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, 163444
Photo ID 153847 by Carl Brent. Switzerland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, J 5004
Photo ID 98306 by Rainer Mueller. Finland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, HN 427
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