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F-18 Hornet Vs. Super Hornet

Tue Mar 04, 2003 11:05 pm

My question is (after searching both on here, and on the boeing sight), what's so super about the super hornet? What are the differences basically. Thanks in advance for your help.

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RE: F-18 Hornet Vs. Super Hornet

Tue Mar 04, 2003 11:25 pm


The Super Hornet is bigger (25% larger wing area), has longer range (carries 33% more internal fuel = 41% increase in mission range), can carry more weapons (has two extra weapons hardpoints) than the old Hornets, and it is fitted with the newest electronics.

You can see the FAS page on the F/A-18 A/B/C/D/E/F Hornet here:

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RE: F-18 Hornet Vs. Super Hornet

Wed Mar 05, 2003 3:59 pm

Cool, thanks for your help.

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RE: F-18 Hornet Vs. Super Hornet

Fri Mar 07, 2003 11:58 am

Also a lot slower and less maneuverable than the Hornet! Thus the nickname the Super Slow Hornet! Don't want to get into this again but the F-14 D will fly rings around it! Should have upgraded the Tomcats and got rid of the Hornets!
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RE: F-18 Hornet Vs. Super Hornet

Fri Mar 07, 2003 2:13 pm

The Super Hornet is still a weak aircraft just like its older sister. As stated above, the Navy should have gone full tilt with the F-14D. The F-14D can fly farther, faster and with a greater payload than either the F/A-18C or the F/A-18E/F. Also, the arguement stating that the F/A-18E/F is capable of carrying a wider variety of weapons than the F-14 holds no water. The F-14 could be wired to carry everything in the inventory if the Navy wanted it to.

Current pilots and RIOs transisitioning from the Tomcat the the Super Hornet are not impressed. Less power, less gas, less range. The only thing they do like is that they are flying new aircraft. That being said, they could be flying around in new F-14Ds.
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RE: F-18 Hornet Vs. Super Hornet

Wed Mar 19, 2003 7:44 pm

I disagree with the Super Hornet being less manouverable. I saw in action in February an F/A 18 operated by the RAAF, followed by a Super Hornet of the USN. Both of these aircraft put on a maneuvering display, low level flypasts etc. And from what I saw the Super Hornet kicked ass in terms of manouverability. I'm speaking purely from a spectators point of view but the Super Hornet was a real show stopper and I give it a thumbs up!
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RE: F-18 Hornet Vs. Super Hornet

Thu Mar 20, 2003 5:50 am

Super Hornet would be less agile IF it didn't have more powerful engines as well.
The first prototypes indeed had the same engines as the C/D model because the new ones weren't ready yet, giving rise to that myth which certain people opposed to the program for whatever reason keep trying to perpetuate.
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