35 years of the Hornet
F/A-18 Hornet Marks 35 Years of Flight (Navy Live blog)
U.S. Navy All Hand Update on the celebration of 35 years of flight for the F/A-18
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.
Capt. Frank Morley, F/A-18 and EA-18G program manager, discusses the Legacy Hornet, Super Hornet and Growler.
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.
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
For more information on the Growler, visit the EA-18G page.
F/A-18 A-D Hornet
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.More Information
F/A-18 E-F Super Hornet
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.More Information
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)