Published: May 3,2013


The F/A-18E Super Hornet, the Navy’s newest strike-fighter aircraft, conducts its first in-flight tests while loaded with ordnance on Feb. 21, 1997. The Super Hornet took to the air from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., with two 2,000 lb. bombs, two AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation (HARM) missiles, and two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. The Super Hornet will replace the A-6 Intruder and is the programmed replacement for the F-14 Tomcat air superiority fighter. Super Hornet is fully capable of conducting both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat missions. Improvements over the F/A-18 C & D models include increases in fuel capacity, engine power, mission radius, weapons stations, aircraft surface area, and increased on-station time during typical combat air patrol scenarios. Photo by Kevin Flynn, courtesy of McDonnell Douglas.

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