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The F-18 Hornet

When I was stationed in Lemoore, California, in 1978, we had a chance to see the very first f18 hornet before the navy signed the purchase deal. C. Jeff Dyrek, webmaster. The F-18 Hornet was 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 F-18 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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A Beautiful VA-192 F-18 Hornet

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Fly's Over The USS Kitty Hawk, CV63


an f18 hornet flys above the uss kitty hawk aircraft carrier

the f/a 18 is now over twenty years old

Photo from ET2 Darren Drake
 stationed aboard the USS Kitty Hawk


The F-18 Hornet is a tremendous all weather, light attack bomber and fighter. The actual designation is the F/A-18 because it is a multi-role aircraft giving the military greater versatility.  The F-18 shown in this picture is the only VA-192 airplane with the beautiful colors on its tail. This is the public relations version. The other hornets are all misty grey for better camouflage


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