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F-18 Hornet Specifications

 
The 'CAG number 400' aircraft, an F-18 Hornet from the VFA-161 'Chargers', seen from the backseat an F-14A Tomcat, as they turn south over Poway, California, and head for NAS Miramar (now MCAS Miramar).
f18s over poway, california.
Cdr. Jan Jacobs USN (Ret) photo. Used with permission.
 
  • Boeing FA-18C Hornet – single and two-seat,
    carrier based, multi-role fighter
  • First flight – November 18, 1978, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Powerplant – Two General Electric F404-GE-402
    afterburning engines, producing 18,000 lbs. thrust each
  • Production – FA-18A/B/C/D models – more than 1,450.
    Current production FA-18E/F Super Hornet
  • Wingspan – 37 ft., 6 in. (11.43 m)
  • Length – 56 ft. (17.07 m)
  • Height – 15 ft., 3.5 in. (4.7 m)
  • Wing area – 400 sq. ft. (37.16 m2)
  • Weight – 23,050 lb. empty
  • Maximum takeoff weight – 56,000 lb.
  • Maximum speed – 1,360 mph, Mach 1.8
  • Ceiling – 50,000 ft.
  • Combat radius – +500 N miles
  • Range – 2,000 miles
  • Climb rate – 45,000 ft. per minute
  • Armament – One 20 mm M61A1 Vulcan
    six-barrel cannon with 570 rounds.
    Up to 13,700 pounds of external ordnance,
    including Sidewinder, AMRAAM,
    Sparrow missiles, bombs, rockets, and
    drop tanks on nine external points.
 
F-18s are featured in the illustrations "VMFA-314 Black Knights" and "VMFA-531 Gray Ghosts"
as well as the painting "Passing in Review"
 
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