Boeing FA-18C/D Hornet

carrierborne fighter and attack aircraft
Max Speed
1,032 kt / 1,183 mph
Max Range
740 km / 460 miles
span 11.43 m / 37 ft 6 in length 17.07 m / 56 ft 0 in height 4.66 m / 15 ft 3.5 in
empty 10,455 kg / 23,050 lb max. take-off 25,401 kg / 56,000 lb
two 7257-kg (16,000-lb) afterburning thrust General Electric F404-GE-400 turbofans
one 20-mm M61A1 Vulcan six-barrel rotary cannon with 570 rounds; up to 7711 kg (17,000 Ib) of disposable stores, including AAMs, ASMs, anti-ship missiles, free-fall or guided bombs, cluster bombs, dispenser weapons, napalm tanks, rocket launchers, drop tanks and ECM pods, carried on nine external hardpoints
Australia, Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland, United States
Aircraft Overview:

Before the F-18, no attack aircraft could match, or outperform, a fighter in the air. Likewise, no fighter aircraft possessed capabilities that enabled it to carry out the ground attack role without an additional pilot. Even multi-role aircraft, which could perform either duty, often couldn't carry enough equipment to destroy ground and air targets in the same mission. The A/F-18 Hornet was an explosively innovative advancement, being able to fight ground and air targets on the same mission, one aircraft even engaging a MiG-21 "Fishbed" aircraft without dumping its Air-to-Ground (AG) ordnance, and succeeding.

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