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HA5120 F/A-18F "Operation Inherent Resolve" 166620, VFA-103, USS Truman 2016

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.

“Operation Inherent Resolve” began in Syria and Iraq on August 8, 2014 with the objective of military intervention to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL) (Daesh). VFA-103 “Jolly Rogers” was deployed onboard the USS Harry S. Truman CVW-7 from November 2015 until July 2016 in support of “OIR”. During their time there VFA-103 launched 490 Precision Guided Missiles (PGM) making them the most lethal squadron in CVW-7. As of August 2017 the Coalition of 12 countries completed 24,566 strikes in support of “OIR”.

McDonnell Douglas original designer, merged with Boeing 1997
F/A-18E Super Hornet
Crew - F/A-18E x 1 / F/A-18F x 2
Role – Multi-role attack and fighter
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)
Armament
1 x M61A1/A2 Vulcan 20mm cannon (internal) Possible External Payload AIM 9 Sidewinder AIM 7 Sparrow AIM-120 AMRAAM Harpoon HARM Shrike SLAM SLAM-ER Walleye Maverick JSOW (Joint-Stand-Off Weapon) JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munitions An assortment of bombs, mines and rocket