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McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet

Photo ID 199666 by Adrian Stürmer. Finland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, HN 416
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 200033 by Andreas Zeitler - Flying-Wings. Switzerland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, J 5006
Photo ID 59203 by Martin Thoeni - Powerplanes. Switzerland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, J 5024
Photo ID 80407 by Lothar Wolf. Finland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, HN 423
Photo ID 198268 by Sven Zimmermann. Switzerland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, J 5006
Photo ID 113911 by Peter Boschert. USA Navy McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, 163703
Photo ID 6973 by Ian Older. USA Navy McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, 165405
Photo ID 137561 by Isch Eduard. Switzerland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, J 5022
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