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McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet

Photo ID 4106 by Tom Gibbons. USA NASA McDonnell Douglas F A 18A Hornet, N850NA
The F/A-18 Hornet is an all-weather carrier-capable multirole fighter jet, designed to attack both ground and aerial targets.
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • First Flight: 1978
  • Initial Service Date: 1983
  • No. Built: 1,458
  • No. In Service: 1,400 (approx.)
  • No. of Hardpoints: 9
  • Crew: 1

Power:

2x General Electric F404-400 afterburning turbofans at 32,000 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 in.
Wing Span:37.50 in.
Wing Area:400 sq.ft
Height:15.25 in.
Empty Weight:37.50 lbs
Max. Weight:56,000 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load:15,500 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-18A Hornet:

Photo ID 139870 by Rainer Mueller. USA Navy McDonnell Douglas F A 18A Hornet, 161978
Photo ID 45459 by David F. Brown. USA Marines McDonnell Douglas F A 18A Hornet, 162466
Photo ID 110817 by David F. Brown. USA Navy McDonnell Douglas F A 18A Hornet, 163101
Photo ID 74085 by Andreas Zeitler - Flying-Wings. Australia Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18A Hornet, A21 55
Photo ID 143899 by Brandon Thetford. USA Navy McDonnell Douglas F A 18A Hornet, 163151
Photo ID 85905 by Peter Boschert. USA Navy McDonnell Douglas F A 18A Hornet, 162909
Photo ID 101987 by Peter Boschert. USA Marines McDonnell Douglas F A 18A Hornet, 163133
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