Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
HA3514B
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C
"Blue Angels 2010"
#1 Cdr Greg McWherter
Professionally painted
Great attention to detail
All markings are Tampoed (pad applied)
Option to display the model on a stand that is provided
Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions
Canopy can be displayed open or closed
Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic
Highly collectable
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The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet is a supersonic twin engine all-weather
night fighter and attack aircraft. The F/A-18s first flew in November 1978 and the first production
flight on April 12, 1980. The first 380 aircraft were F/A-18As and in September 1987 production
switched to the F/A-18C. Variants A and C are single-seat aircraft while B and D are tandem-
seats. The Hornet can operate from either aircraft carriers or land bases with the capability of in
flight refueling. A total of 1,480 A-D variants were built.


The Blue Angels have flown 9 different types of aircraft since their inception in June 1946. Since
November 1986 their aircraft of choice has been the McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) F-18A/D
Hornet but they have since re-equipped with the "C" variant as the main aircraft. These aircraft
are former fleet aircraft that are at the end of their carrier arrestor capability and have been
modified to perform and survive the rigors of aerial demonstration flight. The pilots don’t wear G-
suits because the constant inflation and deflation of the suit interferes with the pilot’s control of
the stick.



Specifications for the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A/B

Role – Fighter/Attack

Manufactured – 1980 to 1987

Numbers Produced
A – 371
B – 40

Crew
A – 1
B – 2

Dimensions
Length – 56 ft 0 in (17.07 m)
Wingspan – 40 ft 8 in  (12.4 m)
Height – 15 ft 4 in  (4.66 m)

Weight
Empty – 28,000 lbs  (12,700 kg)
Gross – 38,000 lbs  (17,240 kg)
Maximum Take-off – 56,000 lb  (25,400 kg)

Performance
Engines – 2 X GE F404-GE turbofans producing 10,600 lb.s.t. dry & 15,800 lb.s.t with
afterburning per engine
Fuel
Internal – 1,670 U.S. gal  (6,322 l)
External – As many as 3 X 330 U.S. gal  (1,249 l) drop tanks
Maximum Fuel – 2,660 U.S. gal  (10,070 l)
Maximum Speed – Mach 1.8  1,190 mph  (1,915 km/h) @ 35,000 ft  (10,670 m)
Landing Speed – 150 mph  (241.4 km/h)
Combat Ceiling – 50,000 ft  (15,240 m)
Maximum Range – 2,875 miles  (4,627 km)
ARMAMENT
1 X 20 mm M61A1 cannon in nose
PLUS
Hard Points
4 X under-wing
2 X fuselage corner stations
1 X center-line
2 X wing-tip
To carry AIM-9 Sidewinder Missiles
Or
AIM-7 Sparrow Missiles
Plus
Up to 3 external fuel tanks and other assorted ordnance
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