F/A-18F Super Hornet
The F/A-18 Super Hornet is the Navy’s premier strike fighter. The Super Hornet is a more powerful version of the F-18 Hornet, which is the aircraft flown by the Blue Angels. The Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet is a supersonic, all-weather carrier-based aircraft designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft. It carries a wide variety of bombs and missiles supplemented by an M-61 Vulcan cannon. The F/A-18 has been used extensively by the U.S. in combat beginning with the bombing of Libya and later in the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The first airstrikes against ISIS were completed by an F/A-18 Super Hornet!
- The generators for the Super Hornet are made right here in Vandalia by GE Aviation!
- The Super Hornet’s first combat action was in November 2002!
- The Super Hornet is the most cost-effective aircraft. It costs less per hour than any other tactical aircraft in the U.S. armed forces inventory.
F/A-18F Super Hornet FAST FACTS:
Engines: Two GE F414-GE-400 turbofan engines
Thrust: 22,000 pounds per engine
Wingspan: 44 feet, 9 inches
Length: 60 feet, 3 inches
Height: 16 feet
Speed: Mach 1.8
Combat Range: 1,275 nautical miles
Ceiling: 50,000 feet
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 66,000 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 18,000 pounds internally
Unit Cost: $57 million