June 14-16, 2024

RickenBacker International Airport Columbus, Ohio

U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet Demonstration Team

U.S. Navy FA-18 Super Hornet Plane in flight

Based out of Naval Air Station Oceana, the Strike Fighter Squadron (VAF) 106 will show off the incredibly powerful capabilities of the F/A-18 Super Hornet during their single-ship demo.

The Super Hornets entered service in 1999 as a replacement for the F-14 Tomcat and are the second major upgrade to the F/A-18 program. As a carrier-capable, multirole fighter aircraft the Super Hornet can take on a variety of missions such as a fighter escort, air defense suppression, and day/night precision strike.


Primary Function: Multi-role attack and fighter aircraft
Contractor: McDonnell Douglas (now The Boeing Company)
Propulsion: Two F414-GE-400 turbofan engines. 22,000 pounds (9,977 kg) static thrust per engine
Length: 60.3 feet (18.5 meters)
Height: 16 feet (4.87 meters)
Wingspan: 44.9 feet (13.68 meters)
Weight: Maximum Take Off Gross Weight is 66,000 pounds (29,932 kg)
Airspeed: Mach 1.8+
Ceiling: 50,000+ feet
Range: Combat: 1,275 nautical miles (2,346 kilometers), clean plus two AIM-9s
Crew: A, C and E models: One
Crew: B, D and F models: Two
Armament: One M61A1/A2 Vulcan 20mm cannon; AIM 9 Sidewinder, AIM-9X (projected), AIM 7 Sparrow, AIM-120 AMRAAM, Harpoon, Harm, SLAM, SLAM-ER (projected), Maverick missiles; Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JSOW); Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM); Data Link Pod; Paveway Laser Guided Bomb; various general-purpose bombs, mines and rockets

Learn more about the Super Hornets here: https://www.navair.navy.mil/product/FA-18EF-Super-Hornet

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