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The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 and the subsequent Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet were lightweight, fourth-generation fighters designed to supplement the large, expensive F-14 Tomcat. Designed around a pair of high-thrust turbofans, the Hornet has a high thrust-to-weight ratio, allowing for extreme maneuverability and acceleration. Part of the Hornet’s maneuverability is because of the wing strakes that extend from the leading edge to the cockpit. The provide proportionally more lift at high speed, increasing supersonic stability and subsonic agility.
The Hornet has found a niche as a low-cost export fighter (it serves in the air forces of eight nations), as well as a carrier-defense fighter. Although it has less range and payload capability than the F-14 and F-15, the F/A-18 is an extremely potent threat, and will be a constant sight in air combat through the 2020’s.
This F/A-18 is an extremely maneuverable, high-performance fighter. It can punch through Mach 1 in a vertical climb, and it currently holds my G-force record with a whopping 73g maneuver. It’s a fun plane to fly that won’t disappoint.
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