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HA3552 McDonnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet 164685, VMFA(AW)-121
"Green Knights", 2004

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.

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18D Hornet was c/n 1118, BuNo. 164685 and assigned to the USMC. In October 2004 the aircraft became the property of VMFA (AW)-121 “Green Knights” located at MCAS Miramar, California where it became the Boss Bird VK 01. 16485 left VMFA (AW)-121 for VMFA (AW)-242 Bats, VMFA (AW)-533 “Hawks” and in January 2012 F/A-18D Hornet 164685 was transferred to VMFA (AW)- 224 "Fighting Bengals" at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina marked as WK 10.

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