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F/A-18F Super hornet RAAF (updated)

5,830 HermanTheGermanSherman  2 months ago

The Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet is the current (soon to be fully replaced) Multi-role fighter for the United States, Australian and Kuwaiti air forces, in Australia’s case having replaced the F/A-18 A/B Hornets ( the so called “classic” hornets) in 2007, although beneficial for the RAAF as a whole it was a controversial decision costing an estimated AUD$6 billion (US$4.6 billion) [including training and support for the pilots and equipment]

In terms of the actual aircraft the Super hornet was intended to replace the classic hornets while the F-35’s development was underway, however it has found itself a suitable place as a reliable fighter and even strike bomber providing CAS for forces on the ground.

Unfortunately for the Super hornet it is to be retired to make way for the F-35 series of fighter, some replacing it faster than others with the US still skeptical about the lightning II and Australia just throwing super hornets at Canada any time an F-35 touches down in an RAAF airbase.

This super Hornet is just upgraded using the new cockpit parts

Controls
Standard aircraft controls
VTOL down = flaps
AG1 = Ext fuel tank release
AG2 = 1000lb mk83 release
AG3 = AIM-9X release
AG4 = AIM-120 release
AG5 = A2A refuelling probe extend/retract
AG6 + VTOL up = wing tip fold + arrester hook extend
AG7 = formation lights on/off

General Characteristics

  • Created On iOS
  • Wingspan 44.2ft (13.5m)
  • Length 45.8ft (14.0m)
  • Height 12.9ft (3.9m)
  • Empty Weight 26,442lbs (11,994kg)
  • Loaded Weight 42,591lbs (19,319kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 2.136
  • Wing Loading 63.3lbs/ft2 (309.0kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 673.1ft2 (62.5m2)
  • Drag Points 7659

Parts

  • Number of Parts 461
  • Control Surfaces 0
  • Performance Cost 1,886