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HA3554 F/A-18A "Worimi Hornet" A21-23, RAAF, 2016

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 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.

F/A-18A A21-23 c/n 483/AF023 was delivered to the RAAF on February 8, 1988. In 2002 the aircraft was with the 75 Sqn and was selected to wear the special paint scheme for the unit’s 60th anniversary. In 2006 the aircraft went to the 3 Sqn but soon returned to 75 Sqn. On February 24, 2015 F/A-18A A21-23 was unveiled wearing a special paint scheme called “Worimi Hornet” in honor of Leonard Waters and the aboriginal people. Len was the first RAAF aboriginal fighter pilot during WWII where he flew 95 missions.

Specifications for the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C/D Hornet
Role - supersonic twin engine all-weather night fighter and attack aircraft
Crew – 1 x F/A-18C, 2 x F/A-18D (Pilot and Weapons Systems Officer – WSO)
Dimensions
Length – 56 ft (17.1 m) Wingspan With AAMs – 40 ft 5 in (12.31 m) Folded – 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m) Height – 15 ft 4 in (4.7 m)
Weights
Empty – 23,000 lb (10,400 kg) Loaded – 36,970 lb (16,770 kg) Maximum Take off – 51,900 lb (23,500 kg)
Performance
Powerplants – 2 x General Electric F404-GE-402 turbofan Dry Thrust – 11,000 lbf (48.9 kN) per engine After Burner Thrust – 17,750 lbf (79.2 kN) per engine Maximum Speed – Mack 1.8 (1,190 mph) (1,915 km/h) @ 40,000 ft (12,190 m) Range – 1,089 nmi (1,250 miles) (2,000 km) with 2 x AIM-9s Combat Radius – 400 nmi (460 miles) (740 km) air-to-air missions Ferry Range – 1,800 nmi (2,070 miles) (3,330 km) Service Ceiling – 50,000 ft (15,240 m) Rate of Climb – 50,000 ft/min (254 m/s)
Armament
1 x 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon mounted in nose with 578 rounds 9 x Hardpoints - a capacity of 13,700 lb (6,215 kg) with external fuel tanks and ordnance 2 x wingtip missile launch rails 4 x under-wing 3 x under-fuselage Rockets 2.75 inch (70 mm) Hydra 70 rockets 5 inch (127 mm) Zuni rockets
Missiles
Air-To-Air 4 x AIM-9 Sidewinders or 4 x AIM-132 ASRAAM or 4 x IRIS-T or 4 x AIM-120 AMRAAM and 2 x AIM-7 Sparrow or Additional - 2 x AIM-120 AMRAAM
Air-To-Surface
AGM-65 Maverick Standoff Land Attack Missiles (SLAM-ER) AGM-88 HARM Anti-radiation Missile (ARM) AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) Taurus Missile (Cruise Missile)
Anti-ship AGM-84 Harpoon
Bombs
JDAM Precision-Guided Munition (PGM) Paveway series of Laser-guided bombs Mk. 80 series of unguided iron bombs CBU-87 cluster bombs CBU-89 gator mine CBU-97 Mk. 20 Rockeye II B61/Mk. 57 nuclear bombs
Others
SUU-42A Flares/Infrared decoys dispenser pod and chaff pod Or Electronic countermeasures (ECM) pod Or AN/AAS-38 Nite Hawk targeting pod (USN only) to be replaced by AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIR Or LITENING targeting pod (only used by USMC, Royal Australian Air Force, Spanish Air Force and Finnish Air Force) Or Up to 3 x 330 US gallons (270 imp gallons / 1,200 liters) Sargent Fletcher drop tanks for ferry flight Or Extended range/loitering time
Avionics
Hughes APG-73 radar ROVER (Remotely Operated Video Enhanced Receiver) antenna for use by USN F/A-18C strike fighter squadrons Inertial Navigation System (INS) GPS 2 x mission computers HUD (Head Up Display) cockpit display Very High Frequency (VHF) omni-directional landing system Multiple-functioning Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) display