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F/A-18E Super Hornet - "TOPGUN 50th Anniversary Scheme", NAWDC, US Navy 

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F/A-18E Super Hornet - "TOPGUN 50th Anniversary Scheme", NAWDC, US Navy

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* Only 1000 produced!

The McDonnell Douglas Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet is a twin-engine multi-role carrier-based aircraft. The “E” variant is single-seater while the “F” variant is a tandem-seat configuration. The “E” is a much larger, more advanced and more capable variant of the F/A-18C. The Super variant can carry a larger array of weapons as well as more of them and is capable of returning to the carrier while still carrying unspent munitions, a big savings in dollars. The first F/A-18E flight was in 1995 and began delivery to the USN in 1999.

The filming of “TOPGUN: Maverick” in 2019 coincided with the 50th Anniversary of Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC) at NAS Fallon, NV. Due to production delays and Covid the movie wasn’t released until 2022. During the filming 3 F/A-18s were used for various scenes with two aircraft wearing the same numbers 00 and pilot’s name under the cockpit. Altogether there were three aircraft used during the filming, two F/A-18Es (165636 first and then 165667) and one F/A-18F (165796) with the latter one used to film with Tom Cruise in the backseat.

  • McDonnell Douglas original designer, merged with Boeing 1997
  • F/A-18E Super Hornet
  • Role – Multi-role attack and fighter
  • Crew -1
  • Performance
  • Powerplants – 2 x F414-GE-400 turbofans
  • Thrust (Static) – 22,000 lbs (9,977kg) per engine
  • Ceiling – 50,000 ft + Speed – Mach 1.8 +
  • Weight – Maximum Gross Take-off 66,000 lbs (29,932 kg)
  • Dimensions
  • Length – 60.3 ft (18.5 m)
  • Height – 16 ft (4.87 m)
  • Wingspan – 44.9 ft (13.68 m)

Info:    F/A-18E Super Hornet -  "TOPGUN 50th Anniversary Scheme", NAWDC, US Navy

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F/A-18 Super Hornet In Action - Carrier Break, Missile Launches & Chasing, HI-Speed Maneuvers & More (08:38)
This should be the best F/A-18 video so far. Spectacular footage of F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets in action as they operate in the sky. Video footage contains a F/A-18 Super Hornet carrier break, F-18 Super hornet missile launches, the chasing of a cruise missile by a F/A-18 Super Hornet, hi-speed low level flight maneuvers and a F-18 carrier landings. All scenes are filmed from the cockpits of the F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets. Timeline of action: 00:00-00:19 F/A-18 Carrier Break 00:19-1:08 F/A-18 Bomb and Missile Launches 1:08-3:59 F/A-18 High-Speed Low Level Fligh Maneuvers 4:00-7:30 F/A-18 Chasing Cruise Missile 7:30-8:37 F/A-18 Carrier Landing 00:00-8:37 F/A-18 Super Hornet Cockpit View 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 part of Boeing) and Northrop (now part of Northrop Grumman), 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 was designed to be a highly versatile aircraft due to its avionics, cockpit displays, and excellent aerodynamic characteristics, with the ability to carry a wide variety of weapons. The aircraft can perform 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. During flight testing, the snag on the leading edge of the stabilators was filled in, and the gap between the leading-edge extensions (LEX) and the fuselage was mostly filled in. The gaps, called the boundary layer air discharge slots, controlled the vortices generated by the LEX and presented clean air to the vertical stabilizers at high angles of attack, but they also generated a great deal of parasitic drag, worsening the problem of the F/A-18's inadequate range. McDonnell filled in 80% of the gap, leaving a small slot to bleed air from the engine intake. This may have contributed to early problems with fatigue cracks appearing on the vertical stabilizers due to extreme structural loads, resulting in a short grounding in 1984 until the stabilizers were strengthened. Starting in May 1988, a small vertical fence was added to the top of each LEX to broaden the vortices and direct them away from the vertical stabilizers. This also provided a minor increase in controllability as a side effect. F/A-18s of early versions had a problem with insufficient rate of roll, exacerbated by the insufficient wing stiffness, especially with heavy underwing ordnance loads. The first production F/A-18A flew on 12 April 1980. After a production run of 380 F/A-18As (including the nine assigned to flight systems development), manufacture shifted to the F/A-18C in September 1987. WarLeaks - Military Blog covers events, news, missions & facts from the United States Armed Forces including the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and more! Furthermore you will find content about military weapons, weapon systems and technology here. All footage on this channel is footage the Ultimate Military Archive has permission to use or consists of derivative works created by the WarLeaks - Military Blog for educational and informational purposes. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense visual information on the WarLeaks - Military Blog does not imply or constitute Department of Defense endorsement. Credit for our Savior Tier Members: Xenarzio ►SUBSCRIBE to the WarLeaks - Military Blog for more military videos: http://bit.ly/Nnic4n ►FOLLOW WARLEAKS on INSTAGRAM at https://instagram.com/WARLEAKSOFFICIAL ►FOLLOW WARLEAKS on FACEBOOK at https://FB.com/WARLEAKER If you like military content please remember to leave a Like & Comment or even Share the video. It means a lot. Thanks!
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