F/A-18 E-F Super Hornet


Multi-role attack and fighter aircraft


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. This “force multiplier” capability gives the operational commander more flexibility in employing tactical aircraft in a rapidly changing battle scenario. In its fighter mode, it serves as escort and fleet air defense. In its attack mode, it provides force projection, interdiction, and close and deep air support.


Overall Length: 60 ft 3 inches
Wing Area: 44 ft 9 inches
Weight (Empty): Maximum Take Off Gross Weight is 66,000 pounds (29,932 kg).
Internal Fuel: 18,840 lbs
Speed: Mach 1.7+
Ceiling: 50,000 ft+
Range: Combat: 1,275 nautical miles (2,346 kilometers), clean plus two AIM-9s; Ferry: 1,660 nautical miles (3,054 kilometers), two AIM-9s, three 480 gallon tanks retained
Crew: E models One; F models Two
Armament: One M61A1/A2 Vulcan 20mm cannon; AIM 9 Sidewinder, AIM-9X (projected), AIM 7 Sparrow, AIM-120 AMRAAM, Harpoon, Harm, SLAM, SLAM-ER (projected), Maverick missiles; Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JSOW); Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM); Data Link Pod; Paveway Laser Guided Bomb; various general purpose bombs, mines and rockets