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Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet

Lift typeFixed wing
Construction typeFactory-built
Control typePiloted
Engine typeTurbofan
ApplicationAttack, Fighter
Final assembly St Louis (Lambert International)
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Multirole fighter with twin General Electric turbofan engines.

Design and initial production by McDonnell Douglas, now manufactured by Boeing and in service with military in Australia, India, Kuwait and United States.

Graphite/epoxy fuselage (Northrop Grumman), doors, trailing edge flaps, inter-spar skin panels and tail skin (CASA, now Airbus), light alloy wing and aluminium honeycomb core tail. Titanium firewall surrounds twin General Electric turbofan Engines.

Aircraft, with twin tail fins, large wings and leading edge root extension has range of up to 1,660 n miles and speed of Mach 1.6+, maximised by conformal fuel tanks mounted on shoulders of aircraft. The F/A-18E Super Hornet uses 42% less parts than the original F/A-18 Hornet.

Single seat F/A-18E and tandem F/A-18F pilot(s) in upward open canopy cockpit, face an advanced cockpit system with large area (10x19 inch) colour display screen and twin monochrome screens. Joint helmet mounted cueing system (Collins) combined with an advanced network infrastructure, increases the aircraft’s ability to communicate with both ground and airborne fleets.

Type variants

Variant Launch/First flight Production end  
Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet 1995 / 1995 Multirole fighter, single-seat/two-seater variants.
Boeing F/A-18G Growler 2003 / 2006 Electronic warfare variant of F/A-18F.

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