McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet

1978 multi-role combat aircraft family by McDonnell Douglas

The F/A-18 Hornet (CF-18, F-18) is a fighter jet that is made by Boeing, and was originally manufactured by the McDonnell-Douglas Company. It first flew in 1978 and was introduced in 1983. Its main user is the United States Navy. It can take off from aircraft carriers because of its special design. The F/A-18 can attack land and air targets. Any aircraft which can do this is called "multi-role". The Hornet is also flown by the Blue Angels.

A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Flying

Users change

The F/A-18 is used by many countries, including the United States Navy

United States change

The United States navy is the biggest user of the hornet. The hornet is currently only used by the United States Marine Corps, but until 2019 the U.S. Navy also had them.

The USMC currently has 143 F/A-18 hornets.

Blue Angels change

The Blue Angels are the aerobatic team of the USMC. They use the F/A-18. Before the F/A-18 existed, they used the A-4 Skyhawk.

Australia change

The Royal Australian Air force (RAAF) bought 57 F/A-18A and 18 F/A-18B (the b was used for training) in 1981 to replace the old Mirage III. The difference between the RAAF hornet and the US hornet is that the RAAF removed the carrier Capabilities, because Australia doesn't have any aircraft carriers big enough to fit the plane.

Armament change

The hornet can carry a lot of bombs, missiles, rockets and guns. It can also carry pods, pods give the aircraft more options, the Litening targeting pod,for example, lets the pilot see the ground and guide bombs to the target.

Bombs change

B81 and B83 nuclear bombs

Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)

Paveway laser guided bombs (the bombs are guided by the targeting pod)

Mk80 bombs general purpose

CBU100 cluster bomb

Rockets change

2.75 in (70 mm) Hydra 70 rockets

5 in (127.0 mm) Zuni rockets

Missiles change

Air to Air change

Aim-120 AMRAAM

Aim-9 Sidewinder

Aim-132 ASRAAM


Aim-7 Sparrow

Air to Ground change

AGM-65 Maverick


AGM-164 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW)

Taurus Cruise Missile

Anti Ship change

AGM-84 Harpoon

Related pages change

Simulacrum of Multirole fighter change

MiG-35 - Simulacrum of the F/A-18 Hornet

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