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The Northrop F/A-18 Hornet & Super Hornet

v1.0.0 / TOC (2 chapters) / 01 apr 04 / greg goebel / public domain

* In the 1970s, the US Air Force conducted a "lightweight fighter" competition between the General Dynamics YF-16 and Northrop YF-17 demonstrator aircraft. The General Dynamics entry won the contest, to go into service as the famous F-16, but the US Navy, which was looking for a fighter to replace the F-4 Phantom and A-7, found the YF-17 better suited to their requirements.

Northrop teamed with McDonnell Douglas (MDD) to build a carrier-based version of the YF-17, which emerged as the "F/A-18A/B Hornet". The Hornet is now the main combat jet of the US Navy and Marine Corps, particularly in its improved "F/A-18C/D" form, and has been sold to several nations as a land-based fighter. It has also evolved into a scaled-up version, the "F/A-18E/F Super Hornet", which is now in service with the US Navy in the 21st century. This document provides a history and description of the Hornet and Super Hornet.


[1.0] McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A/B & F/A-18C/D

[2.0] Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet


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