CX747
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Does The F/A-18 "Super Hornet" Have AC?

Sun Jul 02, 2006 5:36 am

I know that the Super Hornet has Air Conditioning etc. Is there an issue with the system when it's on the ground though? I was going through photos of Super Hornets on this website. It seems that when they are taxing on the ground after a sortie they have the canopy open. I don't remember seeing this at all with the F-14 or the F/A-18 "Legacy" fleets.
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RE: Does The F/A-18 "Super Hornet" Have AC?

Sun Jul 02, 2006 6:58 am

I would assume it's just the pilots preference, weather, etc... Just like if it's a nice day out (and i'm not on the freeway), I prefer having my windows down over using the AC. Plus it's probably nice to open the canopy after having it closed and being all cramped and confined in there after a mission. First thing I do after I land my Cessna (even before i'm off the rwy) is open the windows just to throw my arm out and get some fresh air.
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RE: Does The F/A-18 "Super Hornet" Have AC?

Sun Jul 02, 2006 7:14 am

Quoting CX747 (Thread starter):
It seems that when they are taxing on the ground after a sortie they have the canopy open. I

It's just crew choice. I've always seen them taxi with canopy closed...never once open.
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RE: Does The F/A-18 "Super Hornet" Have AC?

Sun Jul 02, 2006 9:19 am

Yes they do have air conditioning. Its just personal (or flight lead's) preference
 
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RE: Does The F/A-18 "Super Hornet" Have AC?

Sun Jul 02, 2006 12:37 pm

It's not nescessarily air conditioning like in your car which is based upon refrigerant, it comes from the bleed air of the engines as I understand it, so as long as the APU or engines are running they can get what is otherwise "conditioned" air. I second the earlier notion about fresh air - especially down here in humid Texas I'd crack the window on my Cessna all the time whilst on the ground, but that old beast didn't exactly have air conditioning other than the vent from air flow so on the ground and in an aircraft such as the Cessna 152, an open window is all you have.
 
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RE: Does The F/A-18 "Super Hornet" Have AC?

Mon Jul 03, 2006 1:21 am

I know about the lack of air conditioning in Cessnas on the ground! I did my flight training in Phoenix in a 152 and those windows were always cracked on the ground. Thanks for the answers or ideas.
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RE: Does The F/A-18 "Super Hornet" Have AC?

Mon Jul 03, 2006 2:00 am

Not so much luck in the 1978 Piper Tomahawk that I did my training. There are little "eyelets" that can be opened for a little ventilation from time to time. I also did some time in a Piper Cub, that was better, seeing the door could be opened and remain open if one desired.

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