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HA3572 F/A-18C Hornet J-5014, Swiss Air Force, 2014

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.

The Swiss Air Force Air14 Air Show was held at Payerne AB and meant to celebrate 100 years of Swiss aviation, 50 years of the Patrouille Suisse and 25 years for the PC-7 Team. There were going to be so many participants and events that it was decided to hold it on the last weekend of August 2014 and the first weekend of September. F/A-18C Hornet J-5014 serial 1359/SFC014, 11th Flying Squadron, 13th Wing was given a special paint scheme corresponding to Swiss WWII aircraft. It was Europe’s largest show that year.

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 – Mach 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