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.


  • 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:
Manufacturer: Boeing
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
Crew: 2
Unit Cost: $57 million

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