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McDonnell Douglas FA-18D TUDM M45-01

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The Mighty Hornet


AG1:Air brake
AG2: Arresting Hook
AG3: Lights
AG4: Fold wing
AG5: Catapult Connector
AG6: Nothing
AG7: Drop Fuel Tank
AG8: Engine


M61 vulcan


1.The ailerons will auto lock when airspeed is over 700 to prevent aircraft from crazy roll rate at high speed.    


Hornets for Malaysia

By the early 1990s the TUDM was, from a technology standpoint, in danger of falling behind its rival, the Republic of Singapore Air Force, which was then introducing the General Dynamics F-16A/B Fighting Falcon, under a major modernisation plan.

In response, the Malaysian government under the leadership of Dr Mahatir Mohamad, then (as now) the country’s Prime Minister, embarked upon its own modernisation plans for the TUDM in the early 1990s. Malaysia’s most potent fighter at that time was the Northrop F-5E and F-5F Tiger II but the TUDM also had a requirement for an all-weather, multi-role aircraft. Reportedly unable to afford sufficient quantities of a western fighter design, the Government subsequently elected to purchase just eight Hornets and also acquire the (much cheaper) MiG-29N from Russia.

The F/A-18D Hornet was ordered in the middle of 1993 and the acquisition contract was subsequently signed on December 9, 1993. TUDM crews travelled to the United States to undertake training with the United States Marine Corps, who also operate the twin-seat F/A-18D version of the popular Hornet family. The TUDM aircraft subsequently arrived in Malaysia in two batches of four aircraft during 1997.

To operate the new aircraft, the TUDM established No.18 Skuadron (Squadron) at TUDM Base Butterworth, situated on the east coast of the Malaysian Peninsular opposite the resort island of Penang. Although their official name is Lipan (a local species of centipede) the squadron refers to itself as the ‘Mighty Hornets’ and their unit crest also aptly depicts a Hornet. The squadron is tasked with interdiction and maritime strike missions. In TUDM service, the Hornets carry the serials M45-01 to M45-08 and to date, none have been lost in accidents.

In-country support for the Hornet was provided by the original equipment manufacturer, initially by McDonnell Douglas before the company was merged with Boeing in August 1997. Boeing has continued to support Malaysia’s Hornet fleet at Butterworth, including the completion of the fleet upgrade in 2017.

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Finally, I make a livery for plane.This is my first time so it's kinda ugly.And about the MK82 Bomb, it's only have two fin due to some "technical issues", if I add to more fin to it,it will bug out. Therefore, if anyone good at FT,you can fix and upload it.(of course without credit me)

Other version

F/A-18D without livery 386 part
F/A-18D Mobile friendly 290 part


General Characteristics

  • Successors 1 airplane(s)
  • Created On Android
  • Wingspan 38.0ft (11.6m)
  • Length 55.5ft (16.9m)
  • Height 17.1ft (5.2m)
  • Empty Weight N/A
  • Loaded Weight 26,695lbs (12,108kg)


  • Power/Weight Ratio 10.186
  • Wing Loading 35.1lbs/ft2 (171.5kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 759.8ft2 (70.6m2)
  • Drag Points 9170


  • Number of Parts 548
  • Control Surfaces 12
  • Performance Cost 2,245
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    Could you do the M45-08 variant?

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    1,185 OPwindu

    it looks and flies really nice but it explode every time when i launch a missile

    10 months ago
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    32.3k MonoFox

    excellent build!

    10 months ago
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    @LightBenderGA Change the ignition delay of the missile to 0.5 or 0.75 and that's will be okay.

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    One problem I’ve found is that the 120’s like to strike the aircraft if launched at certain angles, try increasing the fire delay or having them eject at faster speeds to clear the aircraft of danger.

    10 months ago
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    47.3k PyrrhaNikos
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    @LieutenantSOT Ahhh, I didn't realize that...

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    @R3N13L Shhhh...
    Don't let them know.(whispering)

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    900 R3N13L

    i got rickrolled :(

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    One thing I did notice is that the afterburner is slightly off center

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    32.1k Bernkastel

    vewy good

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    This is extremely well done!

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    Awesome well done!

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