The F/A-18 Hornet is one of the most famous fighter jets in the world and has been produced over 2,000 times since 1980. The supersonic multi-purpose combat aircraft was primarily designed for use on the large US Navy aircraft carriers and can also be refuelled in flight. Characteristic features are the eye-catching strakes (part of the wing that runs forward along the fuselage), which enable particularly high angles of attack of over 50 degrees in flight, and the reliability of the technical systems with relatively short maintenance times. The bubble-shaped dome and three multifunctional displays in the cockpit provide the pilot with an excellent overview, and the curve characteristics of the twin-jet Hornet are among the best in the world in visual air combat.
A Swiss Air Force F/A-18 Hornet will participate in the flying display and will awe any aviation fan. Captain Nicolas “Vincent” Rossier will fly an impressive solo display with his F/A-18. The Swiss Air Force Hornet Display Team consists of the display pilot and a coach and a ground crew of four to six engineers responsible for the maintenance of the F/A-18 and smooth flight operations.
Facts & Figures
Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas Corporation (to 1997), now Boeing IDS
Length: 17.1m / 56ft
Height: 4.9m / 16ft
Wingspan: 11.6m / 38ft
Kerb weight: 12,700kg / 28,000lbs
Max. Take-off weight: 23,540kg / 51,900lbs
Max. Speed: 1,915km/h, or Mach 1.8, at 12,190m altitude
Service ceiling: 15,240m / 50,000ft
Engines: 2x General Electric F404-GE-402 turbofans
Max. Thrust: 10,440daN (15,660daN with afterburner)