37 feet, 5 inches
15 feet, 3 inches
23,050 lbs empty
725 knots / Mach 1.8+
50,00 feet (approx.)
400575 Nautical miles/2,00 plus Nautical mile (transit)
Two General Electric F404-GE-400Turbofan with 16,00 pounds of static thrust Armament: One M61A1 Vulcan 20mm
(A mix of the following depending on mission:)
AGM-84 Harpoon Anti-Ship missile
AGM-88 HARM high-speed anti-radiation missile
AGM-65 Maverick missiles
1 in A and C models, 2 in D
Navy and Marines
* The Hornet joined the service in 1983. The origins trace it roots to the YF-17, the unsuccessful contender with the YF-16 (F-16) in the Air Force's fighter competition. It was designed to replace the Navy's F-4 and A-7 aircraft. It is now the standard fighter in the Navy and Marine Corps and is also flown by the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration team. F/A-18's are also used by the Canadian forces in the Gulf.
Iraq has a few dozen Soviet SU-7s "Fitter-A" that are used in a ground attack mode, as the F-18 can be utilized. The SU-7 was designed in the 1950's and is not regarded as much of a match for the high-tech F-18. The F-18 could also face the advanced SU-25's and SU-29's in an air combat role, should they be operational.
Actions in Desert Storm--
Joining the A-6 in an attack role from carriers, the F-18 was used extensively in attacks on Iraqi positions. Marine Corps pilots also used the F-18 for close air support missions as they moved up through Kuwait. The F-18 was the first plane downed in the war, but overall losses were considerably low throughout the conflict.
The Navy deployed 90 F/A-18 A/C's from four aircraft carriers. The Marines had 36 F/A-18A's and 36 F/A-18Cs deployed. The aircraft was used in both an attack and fighter role. Three USMC F/A-18s were damaged by SAMs and one to anti-air artillery, but all returned to base and were back in service within two days. One Navy F/A-18 was lost in combat. The Marines also deployed 12 F/A-18D's, with two sustaining battle damage, but both returning. These aircraft were used as tactical air coordinators and airborne forward control roles.
For More on the F-18 in the Gulf War, check out:
Janes: F-18 Hornet how to Fly and Fight
Fly the Hornet, on your computer
F-18 Hornet / Korea Mission Double pack
Graphic Solutions for the Macintosh
Top Gun: Hornet's Nest
Hasboro Interactive for Windows
Janes Interactive for Windows
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