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Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

bOEING F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

Air superiority fighter, multirole combat aircraft

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The Boeing F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet are twin-engine, carrier-capable, multirole fighter aircraft variants based on the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet.

Boeing F-18E/F

The Super Hornet is an evolutionary redesign of the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. The Super Hornet’s unique wing and tail configuration can be traced back to an internal Northrop project P-530c. 1965; this had started as a substantial rework of the lightweight F-5E with a larger wing, twin tail fins and a distinctive leading edge root extension (LERX).[5] Later flying as the Northrop YF-17 “Cobra”, it competed in the United States Air Force‘s Lightweight Fighter (LWF) program to produce a smaller and simpler fighter to complement the larger McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle; the YF-17 lost the competition to the YF-16.


The F-15 has an all-metal semi-monocoque fuselage with a large-cantilever, shoulder-mounted wing. The wing planform of the F-15 suggests a modified cropped delta shape with a leading-edge sweepback angle of 45°. Ailerons and a simple high-lift flap are located on the trailing edge. No leading-edge maneuvering flaps are used. This complication was avoided by the combination of low wing loading and fixed leading-edge camber that varies with spanwise position along the wing. Airfoil thickness ratios vary from 6% at the root to 3% at the tip

Boeing F-15 Eagle


RoleCarrier-based multirole fighter
National originUnited States
ManufacturerMcDonnell Douglas
Boeing Defense, Space & Security
First flight29 November 1995
2001 (IOC)[3]
StatusIn service
Primary usersUnited States Navy
Royal Australian Air Force
Number built608+ as of April 2020[4]
Developed fromMcDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
VariantsBoeing EA-18G Growler



The Navy directed that the YF-17 be redesigned into the larger F/A-18 Hornet to meet a requirement for a multi-role fighter to complement the larger and more expensive Grumman F-14 Tomcat serving in fleet defense interceptor and air superiority roles. The Hornet proved to be effective but limited in combat radius. The concept of an enlarged Hornet was first proposed in the 1980s, which was marketed by McDonnell Douglas as Hornet 2000. The Hornet 2000 concept was an advanced F/A-18 with a larger wing and a longer fuselage to carry more fuel and more powerful engines.[6][7]

Specifications (F-18 E/F) Data from The Great Book of Modern Warplanes,

General characteristics

  • Crew: F/A-18E: 1 (pilot), F/A-18F: 2 (pilot and weapon systems officer)
  • Length: 60 ft 1.25 in (18.31 m)
  • Wingspan: 44 ft 8.5 in (13.62 m)
  • Height: 16 ft 0 in (4.88 m)
  • Wing area: 500 sq ft (46.5 m2)
  • Empty weight: 32,081 lb (14,552 kg)
  • Gross weight: 47,000 lb (21,320 kg) (equipped as fighter)
  • Max takeoff weight: 66,000 lb (29,937 kg)
  • Internal fuel capacity: F/A-18E: 14,700 lb (6,667 kg), F/A-18F: 13,760 lb (6,241 kg)
  • External fuel capacity:Up to 4 × 480 gal tanks, totaling 13,040 lb (5,914 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × General Electric F414-GE-400 turbofans, 13,000 lbf (58 kN) thrust each dry, 22,000 lbf (98 kN) with afterburner

Specifications (F-15C)



  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.5 (1,650 mph, 2,655 km/h) at high altitude
    • Mach 1.2, 800 kn (921 mph; 1,482 km/h) at sea level
  • Combat range: 1,061 nmi (1,221 mi, 1,965 km) for interdiction mission
  • Ferry range: 3,000 nmi (3,500 mi, 5,600 km) with conformal fuel tanks and three external fuel tanks
  • Service ceiling: 65,000 ft (20,000 m)
  • g limits: +9
  • Rate of climb: 50,000 ft/min (250 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 73.1 lb/sq ft (357 kg/m2)
  • Thrust/weight: 1.07 (1.26 with loaded weight and 50% internal fuel)