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McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet

Photo ID 199667 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 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 50695 by Tim Van den Boer. Finland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, HN 446
Photo ID 194351 by Richard de Groot. Switzerland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, J 5020
Photo ID 40980 by David F. Brown. USA Navy McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, 164682
Photo ID 193320 by Ludwig Isch. Switzerland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, J 5026
Photo ID 80470 by Ralph Duenas - Jetwash Images. USA Navy McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, 164253
Photo ID 196479 by Kostas D. Pantios. Switzerland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, J 5010
Photo ID 132324 by Joop de Groot. Switzerland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, J 5019
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