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F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

MULTIROLE FIGHTER


Type:
Turbofan airplane

Origin:
Country FlagUnited States
Manufacturer:
1995–present

Related:
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A/B/C/D Hornet

Updated February 24, 2024
Aircraft picture
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet - Alan Wilson. CC-BY-SA-2.0

Variants (8)

General characteristics (14)

  • Role
    Multirole fighter
  • Wing
    Fixed wing
  • Crew
    F/A-18E: 1 (pilot), F/A-18F: 2 (pilot + WSO)
  • Body
    Narrow
  • Wing position
    High
  • Gear type
    Tricycle retractable
  • Tail
    Double fin, low set
  • Type code
    L2J
  • WTC
    M
  • APC
    C
  • ADG
    I
  • TDG
    1B
  • SRS
    III
  • LAHSO
    N/A

Structural data (12)

  • Length
    60 ft 1.25 in (18.31 m)
  • Wingspan
    44 ft 8.5 in (13.62 m)
  • Wing area
    500 ft2 (46.5 m2)
  • Height
    16 ft 0 in (4.88 m)
  • Wing area
    500 ft2 (46.5 m2)
  • Wing loading
    94.0lb/ft2 (459 kg/m2), at MTOW 127.0lb/ft2, 620 kg/m2
  • Design load factor
    7.5 g
  • Parking area
    330.8 m2 (3,561.0 ft2)
  • Main gear config
    S
  • Cockpit to main gear
    6.3 m (20.7 ft)
  • Main gear width
    3.6 m (11.7 ft)
  • Wheelbase
    5.4 m (17.6 ft)

Performance (8)

  • Range
    1,275 nmi (1,458 mi, 2,346 km) with two AIM-9s
  • Combat range
    444 nmi (511 mi, 822 km) combat radius for interdiction mission with 2 × 480-gallon drop tanks
  • Ferry range
    1,800 nmi (2,070 mi, 3,330 km)
  • Rate of climb
    44,882 ft/min (228 m/s)
  • 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 (1,800 L) tanks, totaling 13,040 lb (5,914 kg)
  • Service ceiling
    52,300 ft (15,940 m)
  • Thrust-to-weight ratio
    0.93

Speeds (3)

  • Maximum (normal)
    1,030 kn (1,190 mph, 1,915 km/h) at 40,000 ft (12,190 m)
  • Maximum Mach
    Mach 1.6
  • FAA approach
    134 kt (248 km/h)

Weights (4)

  • Empty
    32,081 lb (14,552 kg)
  • Gross
    47,000 lb (21,320 kg)
  • MTOW
    66,000 lb (29,937 kg)
  • FAA weight class
    Large

Armament (34)

  • Hardpoints
    2 x wingtip
    6 x under-wing
    3 x under-fuselage
    17,750 lb (8,050 kg) total capacity
  • Gun
    1 x M61A2 Vulcan 20 mm (412 rounds)
  • Air-to-Air missiles
    Country FlagAIM-7 Sparrow
    Country FlagAIM-9 Sidewinder
    Country FlagAIM-120 AMRAAM
    Country FlagAIM-260 JATM (future)
  • Air-to-Ground missiles
    Country FlagAGM-65 Maverick
    Country FlagAGM-84H/K SLAM-ER
    Country FlagAGM-88 HARM
    Country FlagAGM-158 JASSM
    Country FlagAGM-154 JSOW
  • Anti-ship missiles
    Country FlagAGM-84 Harpoon
    Country FlagAGM-158C LRASM
    Country FlagJoint Strike Missile (future)
  • Bombs
    Country FlagCBU-78 Gator mine
    Country FlagMark 20 Rockeye II
    Country FlagMark 62 Quick Strike
    Country FlagMark 82 general-purpose bomb
    Country FlagMark 83 general-purpose bomb
    Country FlagMark 84 general-purpose bomb
    Country FlagGBU-10 Paveway II
    Country FlagGBU-12 Paveway II
    Country FlagGBU-24 Paveway III
    Country FlagGBU-27 Paveway III
    Country FlagGBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II
    Country FlagJDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition)
  • Other
    ADM-141C TALD
    SUU-42A/A Flares/Infrared decoys dispenser pod
    AN/ALE-50 towed decoy system pod
    AN/ALQ-184 ECM pod
    AWW-13 Advanced data link pod
    AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIR
    AN/AAQ-28(V) Litening targeting pod
    A/A42R-1 Aerial Refueling Store pod
    480 US gal (1,800 L; 400 imp gal) drop tanks

Engine data (18)

  • Model
    F414-GE-400
  • Manufacturer
    General Electric
  • National origin
    Country FlagUnited States
  • Engine count
    2
  • Type
    Turbofan
  • First run
    1993
  • Specific Fuel Consumption
    14,700 lb @ 0.840 lb/HR/lb st (mil.); 22,000 lb (afterburner) @ 1.850 lb/HR/lb st
  • Afterburner
    Yes
  • Length
    154 in (391 cm)
  • Diameter
    35 in (89 cm)
  • Thrust-to-weight ratio
    9 average
  • Compressor
    Axial, with 3 fan and 7 HP stages
  • Combustors
    Annular
  • Turbine
    1 LP and 1 HP stage
  • Maximum thrust
    13,000 lbf (57.8 kN) military thrust
    22,000 lbf (97.9 kN) with afterburner
  • Pressure ratio
    30:1
  • Bypass ratio
    0.25:1
  • Air mass flow
    170 lb/s (77.1 kg/s)

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