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F/A-18 Hornet
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Webmaster's Notes
The F/A-18 Hornet is derived from the YF-17 (Northrop) Cobra, which lost the LWF competition for the USAF against the Lockheed F-16 Falcon. The F/A-18 was designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft and soon took the place of the USN A-7 and the USMC F-4. The first of 11 pre-production aircraft made the type’s maiden flight on November 18, 1978 and production followed of 371 F/A-18A. The F/A-18 introduced a genuine multi-role capability with a well designed cockpit which has three multi-function CRT type displays and true HOTAS controls enabling the pilot to easily switch from attack to fighter mode. The F/A-18 has remarkable dogfighting capabilities and excellent high-alpha capability.

F/A-18 (B/D) Specifications
Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas
Wingspan: 40' 5"
Height: 15' 3.5"
Length: 56'
Max Weight: 47,000lb.
Max Speed: 1,190mph
rate-of-climb: 45,000ft/min
Max Range: 2,187miles