Specifications for the
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
Multirole Carrier-based Strike Fighter
Focus Model: McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas / Boeing / Northrop - USA
Initial Year of Service: 1983
Production Total: 1,480
Crew: 1 or 2
Length: 60.70 ft (18.5 m)
Width: 44.88 ft (13.68 m)
Height: 15.98ft (4.87 m)
Weight (Empty): 22,928 lb (10,400 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 51,809 lb (23,500 kg)
Powerplant: 2 x General Electric F404-GE-402 afterburning turbofan engines generating 17,750lbs of thrust each.
Maximum Speed: 1,190 mph (1,915 kmh; 1,034 kts)
Maximum Range: 1,243 miles (2,000 km)
Service Ceiling: 50,033 ft (15,250 m; 9.5 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 50,000 feet-per-minute (15,240 m/min)
Hardpoints: 9 (including wingtip mounts)
1 x 20mm M61 Vulcan six-barreled, Gatling-type internal cannon at nose.
2 x AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles on wingtip launchers.
Mission-specific ordnance can include any of the following (up to 13,700lbs):
AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles
AIM-120 AMRAAM / AIM-7 Sparrow medium-range air-to-air missiles.
AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles
AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles
AGM-88 HARM anti-radar missiles
GPS Laser-Guided / Precision Drop Bombs
Nuclear-Tipped Drop Ordnance
Specialized Mission Pods (as needed)
YF-17 "Cobra" - Prototype developed by Northrop to go up against the YF-16 in the USAF Light-Weight Fighter Competition (LWF) to which the YF-17 prototype lost.
Australia; Canada (CF-18); Finland; Kuwait; Malaysia; Spain; Switzerland; United States