Description: All-weather fighter and attack aircraft. The single-seat F/A-18 Hornet is the nation's first strike-fighter. It was designed for traditional strike applications such as interdiction and close air support without compromising its fighter capabilities. With its excellent fighter and self-defense capabilities, the F/A-18 at the same time increases strike mission survivability and supplements the F-14 Tomcat in fleet air defense. F/A-18 Hornets are currently operating in 37 tactical squadrons from air stations world-wide, and from 10 aircraft carriers. The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron proudly flies them. The Hornet comprises the aviation strike force for seven foreign customers including Canada, Australia, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain and Switzerland.
The newest model, Super Hornet, is highly capable across the full mission spectrum: air superiority, fighter escort, reconnaissance, aerial refueling, close air support, air defense suppression and day/night precision strike. Compared to the original F/A-18 A through D models, Super Hornet has longer range, an aerial refueling capability, increased survivability/lethality and improved carrier suitability. [Capability of precision-guided munitions: JDAM (all variants) and JSOW. JASSM in the future]
Features: The F/A-18 Hornet, an all-weather aircraft, is used as an attack aircraft as well as a fighter. In its fighter mode, the F/A-18 is used primarily as a fighter escort and for fleet air defense; in its attack mode, it is used for force projection, interdiction and close and deep air support.
|011026-F-4884R-006 jpg, U.S. Navy F/A-18 prepares for aerial refueling. Operation Enduring Freedom, Oct. 26, 2001 --Following early morning bombing missions, an F-18 'Hornet' flies in the post-contact position during an aerial refueling mission|
with a KC-135R from the 319th Air Expeditionary Group. The 319th AEG is deployed to a forward deployed location in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Scott Reed (RELEASED) Download Full High Resolution Image All information on navy.mil is public domain and may be distributed or copied unless otherwise specified. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.
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