Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet Aircraft Data
Photo ID 89746 by Brandon Thetford. USA Navy Boeing F A 18F Super Hornet, 166844
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 195.72 kN


- 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: 18.31 m.
Wing Span: 13.62 m.
Wing Area: 46.45 m²
Height: 4.82 m.
Empty Weight: 13,880 kg.
Max. Weight: 29,935 kg.
Max. Ordnance Load: 8,050 kg.
Internal Fuel: 6,145 kg.


Max. Speed: 1,915 kph
Cruise Speed: 1,350 kph
Service Ceiling: 12,190 m.
Normal Range: 2,225 km
Max. Range: 3,055 km


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

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