MCDONNELL DOUGLAS F/A-18 HORNET
The F/A-18 Hornet is one of the world's best known fighter jets and over 2,000 have been built. The supersonic multirole aircraft was primarily designed for deployment on the large aircraft carriers of the US Navy and can be refuelled in flight. It is notable for the leading edge extensions to the wings (strakes), which allow for an especially high angle of attack of over 50°, and for the reliability of the technical systems despite the need for only minimal turn around times. The bubble canopy and three multifunction displays in the cockpit provide the pilot with a precise overview and the twin-engine Hornet is among the best when it comes to making extremely tight turns during air-to-air combat.
At AIRPOWER16, two EF-18 Hornet of the Spanish Air Force will be captivating the crowds: one with tiger livery in the Static Display and one with its solo show in the air display.
Facts & Figures
|Manufacturer||McDonnell Douglas Corporation (until 1997), today Boeing IDS|
|Length||17.1 m / 56 ft|
|Height||4.9 m / 16 ft|
|Wingspan||11.6 m / 38 ft|
|Empty weight||12,700 kg / 28,000 lbs|
|Max. take-off weight||23.540 kg / 51.900 lbs|
|Max. speed||1,915 km/h / Mach 1.8 at 12,190 m|
|Service ceiling||15,240 m / 50,000 ft|
|Powerplant||2x General Electric F404-GE-402 turbofans|
|Thrust||10.440 daN (15.660 daN with afterburner)|
|Display||Flying + Static|