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F/A-18C Hornet Swiss Air Force 17 Staffel, #J-5017, Emmen AB 

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F/A-18C Hornet Swiss Air Force 17 Staffel, #J-5017, Emmen AB

Historical Note:


The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine, supersonic, all-weather, carrier-capable, multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft (hence the F/A designation). Designed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and Northrop, the F/A-18 was derived from the latter's YF-17 in the 1970s for use by the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The Hornet is also used by the air forces of several other nations, and since 1986, by the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. The F/A-18 has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (1,034 knots, 1,190 mph or 1,915 km/h at 40,000 ft or 12,200 m). It can carry a wide variety of bombs and missiles, including air-to-air and air-to-ground, supplemented by the 20-mm M61 Vulcan cannon. It is powered by two General Electric F404 turbofan engines, which give the aircraft a high thrust-to-weight ratio. The F/A-18 has excellent aerodynamic characteristics, primarily attributed to its leading-edge extensions. The fighter's primary missions are fighter escort, fleet air defense, suppression of enemy air defenses, air interdiction, close air support, and aerial reconnaissance. Its versatility and reliability have proven it to be a valuable carrier asset, though it has been criticized for its lack of range and payload compared to its earlier contemporaries, such as the Grumman F-14 Tomcat in the fighter and strike fighter role, and the Grumman A-6 Intruder and LTV A-7 Corsair II in the attack role.

Info: McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet Diecast Model Swiss Air Force 17 Staffel, #J-5017, Emmen AB, Switzerland, 2018

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U.S. Marine Corps Aviation • F/A-18C Hornet Jet Fighters (05:46)
United States Marine Corps pilots and crew members conduct pre-flight checks on their F/A-18C Hornet fighter jets before taxiing to the runway for takeoff at Tyndall Air Force Base during a deployment for training (DFT). Filmed in 2013. Unit - Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 (VMFA-232). Film Credits: Cpl. Jesse Witten, 3rd MAW Combat Camera
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