McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet Aircraft Data
Photo ID 136203 by Massimo Rossi. Switzerland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, J 5003
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)

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Photo ID 245694 by Bruno Geiger - Aviation Media. Switzerland Air Force McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, J 5015
Photo ID 215157 by Paul Varner. USA Navy McDonnell Douglas F A 18C Hornet, 164054
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