35 years of the Hornet

F/A-18 Hornet Marks 35 Years of Flight (Navy Live blog)

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All Hands Update: F/A-18 Hornet celebrates 35 years of flight

U.S. Navy All Hand Update on the celebration of 35 years of flight for the F/A-18



 F/A-18 Hornet 35 year anniversary

Naval aviation was changed forever 35 years ago when the F/A-18 Hornet completed its first flight Nov. 18, 1978. On Dec. 9, 2013, the Navy honored the F/A-18 and EA-18G for a job well done.


AIReel: Celebrating 35 years of Hornet excellence

Capt. Frank Morley, F/A-18 and EA-18G program manager, discusses the Legacy Hornet, Super Hornet and Growler.


F/A-18 and EA-18G: Taking today’s warfighter into tomorrow

Introduced in 1978 as a multi-mission aircraft, the F/A-18 Hornet was designed to be affordable in development and production, and even more importantly, affordable in lifecycle costs, where the key to success is improved reliability and maintainability. These goals have been achieved by this proven platform that will serve our nation  well into the 21st century.

True Headings:  35 years of the Hornet, Vice Adm. David Dunaway

On the 35th anniversary of the Hornet's first flight, NAVAIR Commander Vice Adm. David Dunaway reflects on his time in the cockpit of the legacy aircraft.


Anniversary slick sheets

Growler slick sheet Hornet slick sheet Super Hornet slick sheet
Growler Hornet Super Hornet

For more information on the Growler, visit the EA-18G page.

Anniversary infographic

 35th Anniversary Infographic


 F/A-18 A-D Hornet

FA-18C landing.

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.

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F/A-18 E-F Super Hornet

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 flies over the East China Sea during exercise Keen Sword 2013. Keen Sword is a biannual exercise held to enable the United States and Japan to train in coordination procedures and heighten interoperability needed to effectively defend Japan or respond to a crisis in the Asia-Pacific region. The U.S. Navy is constantly deployed to preserve peace, protect commerce, and deter aggression through forward presence. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Colin Crawford (Released) 121114-N-ZZ999-480

Built on the nation’s first strike fighter, the F-18 Hornet, today’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is an attack aircraft as well as a fighter through selected use of external equipment and advanced networking capabilities to accomplish specific missions.

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EA-18G Growler slick sheet (488 kb)

F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet slick sheet (587 kb)

F/A-18 A-D Hornet slick sheet (631 kb)