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Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet

Photo ID 199516 by Alfred Koning. USA Navy Boeing F A 18F Super Hornet, 168493
The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet is an all-weather carrier-capable multi-role fighter jet, designed to attack both ground and aerial targets. The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a distinct, evolutionary upgrade to the F/A-18 designed to serve a complementary role with Hornets in the U.S. Navy.

The single seat F/A-18E and two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornets carry over the name and design concept of the original F/A-18, but have been extensively redesigned. The Super Hornet has a new, 25% larger airframe, larger rectangular air intakes, more powerful GE F414 engines based on F/A-18's F404, and upgraded avionics suite. The aircraft is currently in production and will eventually equip 22 squadrons.
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • First Flight: 1995
  • Initial Service Date: 2001
  • No. Built: 367
  • No. In Service: 367 (approx.)
  • No. of Hardpoints: 9
  • Crew: 2


2 x General Electric F414-400 afterburning turbofans at 44,000 lbf


- One 20-mm M61A1/A2 Vulcan cannon
- AIM-7 Sparrow, AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-120 AMRAAM
- AGM-65 Maverick, AGM-84 Harpoon, AGM-84 SLAM, AGM-84 SLAM-ER, AGM-88 HARM, AGM-154 JSOW
- GBU-10/12/24 Paveway laser-guided, GBU-31/32/38 JDAM, Mk 82/83/84 GP
- ECM pods, SHARP reconnaissance pod, rocket pods, mines


Length:60 ft. 1 in.
Wing Span:44 ft. 8.5 in.
Wing Area:500 sq.ft
Height:15 ft. 9.5 in.
Empty Weight:30,600 lbs
Max. Weight:66,000 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load:17,750 lbs
Internal Fuel:13,550 lbs


Max. Speed:1,190 mph
Cruise Speed:835 mph
Service Ceiling:40,000 ft.
Normal Range:1,200 nm
Max. Range:1,660 nm


Australia (RAAF, 24 ordered), United States (Navy, 400+)

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