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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.

  • Florian Szczepanek - AKSaviation

  • Florian Szczepanek - AKSaviation

  • Florian Szczepanek - AKSaviation

  • Florian Szczepanek - AKSaviation

  • © Pablo Blanco Sanchez

  • © Pablo Blanco Sanchez

  • © Pablo Blanco Sanchez

  • © Pablo Blanco Sanchez

  • © Spanish Air Force

Florian Szczepanek - AKSaviation

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