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McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B Hornet

Photo ID 69009 by Paul Newbold. USA NASA McDonnell Douglas F A 18B Hornet, N846NA
(F/A-18B): Two-seat, multirole fighter and conversion trainer.

The 'B-model' F/A-18 is the two-place variant, originally designated TF-18A. Every U.S. 'teen series' fighter has a two-seat variant. Aside from small reduction in internal fuel, The F/A-18B retains the A-model's APG-65 RADAR and is fully combat-capable. Every operator of the single seat F/A-18A has some examples of the F/A-18B in service. With the predominance of the E/F-model F/A-18's in U.S. Navy service, the earlier versions of the Hornet are called "Legacy Hornets".

The F/A-18A/B's are being replaced by the F/A-18D and F/A-18F "Super Hornet" in U.S. Navy service. The U.S. Marine Corps has replaced all but a few examples with the F/A-18C/D. The last F/A-18D was delivered to the USMC in 2000. Spain is set to replace their fleet of F/A-18A/B's with the Eurofighter Typhoon, Australia and Canada with the Joint Strike Fighter.
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • First Flight: 18 Nov 1978
  • Initial Service Date: 1/7/83
  • No. Built: 1,480
  • No. In Service: (approx.)
  • No. of Hardpoints: 9
  • Crew: 2

Power:

2x General Electric F404-400 afterburning turbofans at 17,750 lbf

Weapons:

1 x 20-mm M61A1 Vulcan cannon (570 rds)
2 x AIM-7 Sparrow, 2 x AIM-9 Sidewinder
CVR7 Rockets
GBU-10/12/24/51 Paveway LGB's, GBU-15 EOGB's, Mk 82/83/84 General Purpose Bombs

Dimensions:

Length:56 ft. 0 in.
Wing Span:37 ft. 6 in.
Wing Area:400 sq.ft
Height:15 ft. 4 in.
Empty Weight:24,700 lbs
Max. Weight:51,550 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load:13,700 lbs
Max. Payload:13,700 lbs
Internal Fuel:10,860 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed:1,190 mph
Service Ceiling:50,000 ft.
Normal Range:800 nm
Max. Range:1,800 nm

Operators:

Australia (RAAF, 81), Canada (CAF, 103), Spain (Ejercito del Aire, 94), United States (Navy/Marine Corps/NASA, 651)

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