The wing structure of the hornet, in relation to its weight, is not suitable for flight, but he does not know this and flies anyway. - Albert Einstein
The F/A 18 Hornet is not only one of the most recognizable Fighter Jets in the world, it is also one of the most used ones.
The aircraft comes in different variants.
F/A 18 A/B
This is the Basic model. The A version has one seat and the B version has two seats.
F/A 18 C/D
This is an improved version of the F/A 18 A/B. It has improved avionics, new radar systems, …
F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet
This version is an improved version of the original hornet. Almost the whole airframe has been redesigned.
There are some other versions of this aircraft, lake the X-53 or the F-18 HARV.
Let’s take a look at the operators (and potential liveries):
- Royal Australian Airforce
- Royal Canadian Airforce
- Finnish Air Force
- Kuwait Air Force
- Spain Air Force “Ejercito del Aire”
- Swiss Air Force
- US Navy
Here are some specs of the NASA F-18:
Max Alt.: 50’000ft
To be honest, I don’t know a lot about the exact differences of the single versions. What I know though is, that this aircraft is so special and so recognizable, that it deserves more attention. And it definitely deserves more than what it is today in IF.
Let’s take a look at the current airplane library. We have a lot of airliners, long haul and short haul. We have some GA aircrafts as well, like the SR-22 or the C152. We also have some fighters. The F-14, the F-16, the F-18 and the F-22. The quality of those fighters is not comparable with the quality of the newer airliners. However, the F-18 is currently the worst of all fighters. In my opinion, this plane deserves more than that. And that’s why I would love to see a rework of that gorgeous machine.
We need a high quality fighter in IF. Especially now, when we’re able to do air refueling. And since the last updates on planes were mostly on airliners, I think it’s time to take a look at the hornet.