F18H

BOEING F-18 Hornet

Aircraft
Name
F-18 Hornet
Manufacturer
Body
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Wing
Fixed Wing
Position
High wing
Tail
Double fin, low set
WTC
M
APC
C
Type Code
L2J
Engine
Jet
Engine Count
Multi
Position
In fuselage
Landing gear
Tricycle retractable
Manufacturered as
VALMET Hornet
VALMET FA-18 Hornet
SF Hornet
SF FA-18 Hornet
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS EF-18 Hornet
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS CF-18 Hornet
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS ATF-18 Hornet
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS AF-18 Hornet
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS Hornet
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS FA-18 Hornet
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS CF-188 Hornet
FINAVITEC FA-18 Hornet
FINAVITEC Hornet
GAF AF-18 Hornet
GAF ATF-18 Hornet
GAF Hornet
ASTA Hornet
ASTA AF-18 Hornet
BOEING Hornet
BOEING FA-18 Hornet
ASTA ATF-18 Hornet

F18H

Multi role fighter. In service since 1979 (F/A-18C since 1986, F/A-18E since 1996). Combined development of F-18 fighter and A-18 ground attack aircraft.

  • FA-18A/C single seat,
  • FA-18B/D tandem seat versions.
  • FA-18C/D improved development with new avionics and central computer (first flight in 1986).
  • New development (about 25% larger) FA-18E/F Super Hornet.

Used extensively by many European Air Forces and the US Navy. FA-18E/F: Wing span 13,62 m Length 18,31 m MTOW 29,950kg. Max Mach 1.80

Note: The ICAO designator F18 was deleted from ICAO Doc 8643 and replaced by F18H (for the Hornet) and F18S (for the Super Hornet) in 2015.

Technical Data
Wing span (metric)
12.30 m
Length (metric)
17.10 m
Height (metric)
4.70 m
Powerplant

C: 2 x GE F404-GE-400 (71.2 kN) or
2 x GE F404-GE-402 (78.7 kN) afterburning turbofans.

Engine Model(s)
General Electric F404
Indicative Performance Data
Take-Off
V2
145 kts
Distance
450 m
MTOW
25400 kg
Initial Climb (to 5000 ft)
IAS
175 kts
ROC
30000 ft/min
Initial Climb (to FL150)
IAS
300 kts
ROC
30000
Initial Climb (to FL240)
IAS
300 kts
ROC
30000 ft/min
MACH Climb
MACH
0.80
ROC
30000 ft/min
Cruise
TAS
495 kts
MACH
0.86
Ceiling
500
Range
1700 NM
Initial Descent (to FL240)
MACH
n/a
ROD
10000 ft/min
Descent (to FL100)
IAS
350 kts
ROD
10000 ft/min
Descent (FL100 & below)
IAS
n/a
MCS
n/a
ROD
n/a
Approach
Vapp (IAS)
125 kts
Distance
400 m

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