Powerplant:four 13962-kg (30,780-lb) afterburning thrust General Electric F101-GE-102 turbofans
Performance:maximum speed Mach 1.25 or 8716 kt (1328 km/h; 825 mph) at high altitude; penetration speed more than 521 kt (966 km/h; 600 mph) at about 200 ft (60 m); service ceiling more than 50,000 ft (15240 m); maximum unrefuled range about 12000 km (7,455 miles)
Armament:three internal bays for up to 34019 kg (75,000 lb) of weapons, plus eight underfuselage stations with a capacity of 26762 kg (59,000 lb); weapons include AGM-69 SRAMS, AGM-86B ALCMs, B-28, B-43, B-61 or B-83 nuclear bombs, and Mk 82 or Mk 84 conventional bombs
Powerplant:two 1212-kW (1,625-shp) General Electric T700-GE-401 turbo shafts
Performance:maximum speed 152 kt (282 km/h; 175 mph) at sea level; initial rate of climb 800 ft (244 m) with one engine inopertave; hovering ceiling in ground effect14,750 ft (4495 m); service ceiling 14,000+ ft (4270+ m); range 587 km (365 miles)
Armament:chin turret housing a 20-mm M197 three-barrel cannon, plus four underwing attachments carrying a variety of anti-tank missiles, Mini gun pods, rocket pods, grenade launchers, and parachute flares
Powerplant:two LHTEC T800-LHT-800 turboshafts each rated at 1002-kW (1,344-shp)
Performance:maximum level speed 'clean' at optimum altitude 177 kt (328 km/h; 204 mph); maximum vertical rate of climb at sea level 360 m (1,182 ft) per minute; ferry range 1,260 nm (2335 km; 1,451 miles) with external fuel
Armamentne 20-mm General Electric/GIAT two-barrel cannon with 500 rounds, plus up to six Hellfire ATGMs or Stinger AAMs in side weapons bays, and four additional Hellfire or eight Stingers, or fuel tanks an each optional detachable stub wing
Primary Function Fighter/attack
Contractor Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co.
Power Plant Two General Electric F404 engines
Length 65 feet, 11 inches (20.3 meters)
Height 12 feet, 5 inches (3.8 meters)
Weight 52,500 pounds (23,625 kilograms)
Wingspan 43 feet, 4 inches (13.3 meters)
Speed High subsonic
Range Unlimited with air refueling
Unit Cost $FY98
[Total Program] $122 million
Date Deployed 1982
Inventory Active force, 54; ANG, 0; Reserve, 0
Primary Mission Aircraft Inventory
Only combat-coded aircraft and not development/ test, attrition reserve, depot maintenance, or training aircraft. 36 aircraft
AN/ALQ-135(V) internal countermeasures system
AN/ALQ-128 radar warning [Magnavox] suite
AN/ALR-56 radar warning receiver (RWR) [Loral]
AN/ALE-45 chaff/flare dispensers [Tracor]
AN/AVQ-26 Pave Tack
AN/AXQ-14 Data Link System
Crew F-15A/C: one. F-15B/D: two.
Unit cost $FY98
[Total Program] $43 million.
Date Deployed July 1972
[for USAF] 360 F-15A/B
Total Inventory 275 F-15A/B
Approximately 100 F-15s are in storage @ AMARC
Primary Mission Aircraft Inventory 45 F-15A/B Air National Guard Air Defense Force
45 F-15A/B Air National Guard
126 F-15C/D Air Combat Command
90 F-15C/D Pacific Air Forces
36 F-15C/D US Air Forces Europe
342 F-15A/C TOTAL
66 F-15E Air Combat Command
18 F-15E Pacific Air Forces
48 F-15E US Air Forces Europe
132 F-15E TOTAL
Only combat-coded aircraft and not development/ test, attrition reserve, depot maintenance, or training aircraft.
Contractor Boeing [McDonnell Douglas Aerospace] and
Northrop Grumman (Airframe),
General Electric (Engines), and
Power Plant Two F404-GE-402 afterburning engines, each in the 18,000 pound thrust class, which results in a combat thrust-to-weight ratio greater than 1-to-1. Depending on the mission and loading, combat radius is greater than 500 nautical miles. Twin F414-GE-400 engines, each in the 22,000 pound thrust class. On an interdiction mission, the E/F will fly up to 40 % further than the C/D.
Accommodations The F/A-18C and F/A-18E are single seat aircraft.
The D and F models are flown by two crew members.
The aft seat in the D and F may be configured with a stick and throttle for the training environment (or without when crewed with a Weapons System Officer).
Performance F/A-18C maximum speed at level flight in altitudes of 36,089 ft.
F/A-18E maximum speed at level flight in altitudes of 36,089 ft.
Armament F/A-18C/D can carry up to 13,700 pounds of external ordnance.
Weapon stations include: two wingtip stations for Sidewinders; two outboard wing stations for air-to-air or air-to-ground weapons; two inboard wing stations for fuel tanks, air-to-air, or air-to-ground weapons; two nacelle fuselage stations for AMRAAMs, Sparrows, or sensor pods; and one centerline station for fuel or air-to-ground weapons
Mission and Capabilities The F/A-18 Hornet can perform both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.
Cockpit displays and mission avionics are thoroughly integrated to enhance crew situational awareness and mission capability in high threat, adverse weather/night environments.
Cockpits are night vision goggle compatible.
Multi-Sensor Integration and advanced data link capabilities further enhance situational awareness.
The E/F model will be able to perform a strike tanker mission while carrying a self-protection air-to-air missile loadout.
The E/F model will also have greater payload flexibility, increased mission radius, survivability, payload bring back, and a substantial avionics growth potential.
Unit cost $FY98
[Total Program] $39.5 million. $60 million
Program Summary F/A-18A/B first entered operational service with the USN and USMC in 1982.
Since 1982, more than 1,458 F/A-18s have been procured for the USN and USMC and for the armed services in Canada, Australia, Spain, Kuwait, Switzerland, Finland, and Malaysia.
In 1987, the upgraded C/D model (with enhanced mission avionics) was introduced and upgraded with a night/adverse weather mission capability, On Board Oxygen Generating System, APG-73 Radar Upgrade, enhanced performance F404-GE-402 engines, and upgraded mission computers.
The first flight of the F/A-18E/F occurred in December 1995; operational deliveries are scheduled for late 1999.
Wing span 11.43 m
Wing span over missiles 12.31 m
Wing chord (at root) 4.04 m
Wing chord (at tip) 1.68 m
Wing aspect ratio 3.52
Width, wings folded 8.38 m
Length overall 17.07 m
Height overall 4.66 m
Tailplane span 6.58 m
Distance between fin tips 3.60 m
Wheel track 3.11 m
Wheelbase 5.42 m
Wing span over missiles 13.62 meters
Wing aspect ratio 4.00
Width wings folded 9.32 m
Length overall 18.31 m
Height overall 4.88 m