F-18 Hornet on the USS Kitty Hawk, photo by Darren DrakeThe USS Kitty Hawk

The Kitty Hawk by ET2 Darren Drake

The F-18 Hornet pulls up hard leaving vapor trails over it's wings.

made by McDonnell Douglas, is a multi role fighter which also performs the attack function. The f18 has an empty weight of 23050 lbs. and a max weight of 56000 lbs. The f-18 uses two General Electric F-404 engines each producing 16,000 lbs of thrust, combined produce 32,000 lbs of thrust. Later versions of the f18 produce more thrust than this "A" model. The F-18A has a max speed of 1190 mph and a maximum climb rate of 60,000 ft/min The F-18 is used by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels

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An F-18 pulls up hard

above the USS Kitty Hawk, CV63



An f18  hornet creates clouds when it pulls up real hard

Photo from ET2 Darren Drake
stationed aboard the USS Kitty Hawk

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Notice this F-18 Hornet. The afterburners are on full. He's pulling up real hard pulling lots of G's. The white clouds are formed because of the low air pressure formed above the wing during this high angle of attack maneuver. 

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