The time has come to begin development on a rework of one of Infinite Flight’s most legacy aircraft, the F/A-18. The F18 has a long history of service in militaries around the world. With that, comes many variants! This is where you come in.
You, the community, have an opportunity to cast a vote below for the F/A-18 variant that’ll enter development.
Our military fleet is in need of some love. While not the most widely used set of aircraft in Infinite Flight, fighters and military cargo planes have a strong group of passionate virtual aviators flying them. The F/A-18 is a popular fighter jet included with the app download and is the most-selected military aircraft a new user will fly which makes it the perfect aircraft to enter development, following a string of recent airliners. It is one of the most widely used fighters by militaries around the world, making it a popular choice for military VO’s. Lastly, the abundance of data available for the F/A-18 makes it a great choice for a military rework.
We’ve decided to host a poll between two of the most popular single-seat variants of the F18 because of their operational roles vs its two-seater counterparts which serves almost exclusively as a training platform (F/A-18B). Both the F/A-18C & E have their own unique characteristics and operators which make them perfect for a head to head community poll.
The F/A-18C is a multi-role fighter used primarily in the fighter or attack configuration with the ability to carry heavy payloads to engage a wide variety of targets. Used by militaries around the world, this agile single-seat fighter has been the aircraft of choice to fulfill just about every role!
Potential liveries/operators for the F/A-18C are more abundant and diverse, to include the US Navy Operational and Demonstration Squadrons (Blue Angels 1992-2020), US Marine Corps, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Kuwait Air Force, Spanish Air Force, Finnish Air Force, and the Swiss Air Force.
The F/A-18E Super Hornet is a single-seat fighter that improves on it’s smaller (25%) F18C predecessor. With a higher payload, longer range, and upgraded avionics, this multi-role fighter is truly an engineering marvel.
As a newer variant, the F/A-18E has few operators with less global representation. Liveries may be included from the US Navy Operational and Demonstration Squadrons (Blue Angels 2020-Present) and Kuwait Air Force.
|Specification||F/A-18C Hornet||F/A-18E Super Hornet|
|Manufacturer||McDonnell Douglas & Boeing||Boeing|
|Fuel Capacity||10,860lb internally||14,700lb internally|
|Dimensions||Span 40’4"/Length 56’1"/Height 15’5"||Span 44’8"/Length 60’1"/Height 16’|
|Weight||Empty: 23,000lbs/MTOW: 51,900lbs||Empty: 32,081lbs/MTOW: 66,000lbs|
|Payload||13,700lb (9 hardpoints)||17,750lb (11 hardpoints)|
|Powerplant||2 x F404-GE-402 turbofans||2 x F414-GE-400 turbofans|
- F/A-18C Hornet
- F/A-18E Super Hornet
Topic comments must remain respectful and relevant to the F/A-18 variant poll. Off-topic and inappropriate comments will be flagged and hidden.
All aircraft-specific features are TBD and development timelines are subject to change.