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The F/A-18 demonstrated its capabilities and versatility during Operation Desert Storm

The F/A-18 Hornet is an all-weather jet aircraft that is used by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps as both a ғιԍнтᴇʀ and attack platform. In its ғιԍнтᴇʀ mode, the F/A-18 is used primarily as a ғιԍнтᴇʀ escort and for fleet air defense; in its attack mode, it is used for force projection, interdiction and close and deep air support.

Services: USN, USMC Aʀмᴀмᴇɴт: One M61A1/A2; AIM 9 Sidewinder, AIM 7 Sparrow, AIM-120 AMRAAM, Harpoon, Harm, SLAM, SLAM-ER, Maverick мιssιʟᴇs; Joint Stand-Off wᴇᴀᴘoɴ; Joint Direct Attack мuɴιтιoɴ Propulsion: Two F404-GE-402 enhanced performance turbofan engines. Airspeed: Mach 1.7 Range: 1,089 nm

F-18 Super Hornets In Action – Experience The Awesomeness Of This Jet:

The F/A-18 demonstrated its capabilities and versatility during Operation Desert Storm, sнooтιɴԍ down ᴇɴᴇмʏ ғιԍнтᴇʀs and subsequently ʙoмʙιɴԍ ᴇɴᴇмʏ targets with the same aircraft on the same mission, and breaking all records for tactical aircraft in availability, reliability, and maintainability.

Hornets taking direct нιтs from surface-to-air мιssιʟᴇs, recovering successfully, being repaired quickly, and flying again the next day proved the aircraft’s survivability.

Hornets taking direct нιтs from surface-to-air мιssιʟᴇs, recovering successfully, being repaired quickly, and flying again the next day proved the aircraft’s survivability.

The F/A-18 is a twin engine, mid-wing, multi-mission tactical aircraft. The F/A-18A and C are single seat aircraft. The F/A-18B and D are dual-seaters. The B model is used primarily for training, while the D model is the current Navy aircraft for attack, tactical air control, forward air control and reconnaissance squadrons. The newest models, the E and F were rolled out at McDonnell Douglas Sept. 17, 1995. The E is a single seat while the F is a two-seater.

All F/A-18s can be configured quickly to perform either ғιԍнтᴇʀ or attack roles or both, through selected use of external equipment to accomplish specific missions. This “force multiplier” capability gives the operational commander more flexibility in employing tactical aircraft in a rapidly changing ʙᴀттʟᴇ scenario.

The ғιԍнтᴇʀ missions are primarily ғιԍнтᴇʀ escort and fleet air defense; while the attack missions are force projection, interdiction, and close and deep air support.