Model Variants (Including Prototypes)
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.
F/A-18 - Base Production Model Designation manufactured by McDonnell Douglas, merged now with Boeing Corporation.
F/A-18A - Initial Production Model; single-seat
F/A-18B - Two-seat production version of single-seat A-model; originally designated as the TF/A-18A.
F/A-18C - Electronic and System improvements; replaced the F/A-18A model in production; enhanced weapons carrying capabilities; later models fitted with night attack capabilities.
F/A-18C+ - Refurbished C-models with all-new modern avionics and Raytheon radar fit; service with the USMC.
F/A-18D - Two-seat Version of the F/A-18C production model; later models fitted with night attack capability.
F/A-18D(RC) - United States Marine Corps Reconnaissance Model of the F/A-18D.
F/A-18E "Super Hornet" - Single-seat improved Hornet model replacing the retired F-14 Tomcat series.
F/A-18F "Super Hornet" - Two-seat improved Hornet model replacing the retired F-14 Tomcat series.
EA-18G "Growler" - Electronic Warfare Model of the "Super Hornet" line to replace the EA-6B Prowler series.
TF-18A - Original Model Designation for the two-seat F/A-18B.