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 team will travel to Dayton from Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-122, the “Flying Eagles” out of Naval Air Station Lemoore, California.
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!
- Both pilots have connections to Dayton! Lt Jacob “Bacon” Riggs is from Loveland and graduated from Loveland High School in 2005! Lt Shaun “Buzz” Roessner flew with PSA Airlines headquartered in Dayton before joining the Navy!
- 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