McDONNELL DOUGLAS F/A-18 HORNET

HORNET SERVICE

Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas Corp., McDonnell Aircraft Co. Division, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
(In 1997, became The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, USA)
Model: Model 267
Designations: F/A-18; CF-188 (CAF)
Names: Hornet; Super Hornet (F/A-18E/F), Growler (EA-18G)
First official flight: (YF-18A) 18/11/1978
Factory production period: 1977 - present
Primary service period: 1980 - present
Last official flight: Still in service


AF/A-18A Hornet of the RAAF, s/n: A21-12.
Christchurch Intl. Airport, New Zealand, 2010.

HORNET VARIANTS

1978 Model 267 F/A-18A 379  
1979 Model 267 F/A-18B 42 Total: 0421
         
1984 Model 267 AF/A-18B 2  
1982 Model 267 CF-18A 98  
1982 Model 267 CF-18B 40  
1985 Model 267 EF-18A 60  
1986 Model 267 EF-18B 12 Total: 0212
         
1987 Model 267 F/A-18C 549  
1987 Model 267 F/A-18D 184 Total: 0733
         
1991 Model 267 KAF-18C 32  
1991 Model 267 KAF-18D 8 Total: 0040
         
1995 Model 267 F/A-18E 93+  
1996 Model 267 F/A-18F 99+  
2006 Model 267 EA-18G 20+ Total: 0436

Grand Total: 1842

1985 Foreign built - Australia:
Model 267
AF/A-18A 57  
1985 Model 267 AF/A-18B 16 Grand Total: 0073

HORNET PRODUCTION

Northrop
YF-17A-NO Cobra

Model P-630, 1974, s/n: 72-1569, 72-1570, (c/n: C-0001, C-0002). Designed as a 
a twin-engined land-based fighter for the USAF. S/n: 72-1570 was later developed
into a carrier-based fighter for the US Navy and USMC as the F-18 and A-18 variants.
McDonnell Douglas Corp. was prime contractor with Northrop Corp. as sub-contractor.

F/A-18A / F/A-18B
Twin-engined, carrier-borne fighter / attack
aircraft for the US Navy and USMC. First 11
airframes were service test variants designated
as YF-18A (9) and TF-18A (2).
F/A-18A designation was F-18A to 1984.
F/A-18B designation was TF-18A to 1984,
then TF/A-18A to 1987.
379 F/A-18A - single seat fighters.
42 F/A-18B - 2-seater trainers.
Produced 1977 - 1987

McDonnell Douglas St Louis, Missouri (MC)

BuNo.160775 / 160785 A001 / A009 & B001, B002    
BuNo.161213 / 161217 A010 / A013 & B003    
BuNo.161248 / 161251 A014 / A016 & B004    
BuNo.161353 / 161367 A017 / A025 & B005 / B010    
BuNo.161519 / 161528 A026 / A035    
BuNo.161702 / 161761 mixed A036 to A091 & mixed B012 to B031    
BuNo.161924 / 161987 mixed A092 to A171 & mixed B033 to B037    
BuNo.162394 / 162477 mixed A172 to A281 & mixed B048 to B054    
BuNo.162826 / 162909 mixed A282 to A389 & mixed B059 to B077    
BuNo.163092 / 163175 mixed A390 to A524 & mixed B086 to B091 421 Total: 0421
12 additional F/A-18A airframes cancelled.
48 additional F/A-18A/B airframes cancelled.

F-18L - 1982, land-based export version from Northrop Corp., cancelled.

AF/A-18B
As F/A-18B, export version for Australia.
Produced 1984

McDonnell Douglas St Louis, Missouri (MC)

(RAAF) A21-101, A21-102 B041, B042 (ATF101, ATF102) 2 Total: 0002

CF-18A
As F/A-18A, export version for Canada.
CAF designation: CF-188A.
Produced 1982 - 1988

McDonnell Douglas St Louis, Missouri (MC)

(CAF) 188701 / 188798 mixed A053 to A542 (CA01 / CA98) 98 Total: 0098

CF-18B
As F/A-18B, export version for Canada.
CAF designation: CF-188B.
Produced 1982 - 1988

McDonnell Douglas St Louis, Missouri (MC)

(CAF) 188901 / 188940 mixed B011 to B112 (CB01 / CB40) 40 Total: 0040

EF-18A
As F/A-18A, export version for Spain.
"E" for Espana (Spain), Spanish designation: C.15.
Produced 1985 - 1990 

McDonnell Douglas St Louis, Missouri (MC)

(Spain) C.15-13 / C.15-72 mixed A332 to A595 (EFA01 / EFA60) 60 Total: 0060

EF-18B
As F/A-18B, export version for Spain.
"E" for Espana (Spain), Spanish designation: CE.15.
Produced 1986 - 1987

McDonnell Douglas St Louis, Missouri (MC)

(Spain) CE.15-1 / CE.15-12 mixed B061 to B093 (EFB01 / EFB12) 12 Total: 0012

F/A-18C / F/A-18D
As F/A-18A/B, avionics and weapons
upgrade, later with engine upgrade.
Also built in Night Attack version.
US supplied components for Finland
and Switzerland assembly.
549 F/A-18C - single seat fighters.
184 F/A-18D - 2-seater trainers / fighters.
Produced 1987 - 2000

McDonnell Douglas St. Louis, Missouri (MC)

BuNo.163427 / 163510 C001 / C061 & D001 / D023    
BuNo.163699 / 163782 C062 / C137 & D024 / D031    
BuNo.163985 / 164068 C138 / C191 & D032 / D061    
BuNo.164196 / 164279 C192 / C255 & D062 / D081    
BuNo.164627 / 164740 C256 / C337 & D082 / D113    
BuNo.164865 / 164912 C338 / C371 & D114 / D127    
BuNo.164945 / 164980 C372 / C395 & D128 / D139    
BuNo.165171 / 165230 C396 / C455    
BuNo.165399 / 165416 C456 / C465 & D140 / D147 612  
(Finland) HN-461 / HN-467 FND001 / FND007 7  
(Malaysia) M45-01 / M45-08 MAFD001 / MAFD008 8  
(Switzerland) J-5001, J-5231 SFC001, SFD001 2  
30 additional F/A-18C airframes cancelled.
6 additional F/A-18D airframes cancelled.
78 additional F/A-18C/D airframes cancelled.

Foreign assembled - Finland:
Valmet Aircraft Industry Co.,
Kuorevesi, Finland

(Finland) HN-401 / HN-457 FNC001 / FNC057 57  

Foreign assembled - Switzerland:
Schweizer Flugzeuge und System AG,
Emmen, The Netherlands

(Switzerland) J-5002 / J-5026 SFC002 / SFC026    
(Switzerland) J-5232 / J-5238 SFD002 / SFD008 32  

Boeing St. Louis, Missouri (MC)

BuNo.165526 / 165532 C466 & D148 / D153    
BuNo.165680 / 165687 D154 / D161 15 Total: 0733

KAF-18C
As F/A-18C, export version for Kuwait.
Produced 1991 - 1993

McDonnell Douglas St. Louis, Missouri (MC)

(Kuwait) 401 / 432 KAFC001 / KAFC032 32 Total: 0032

KAF-18D
As F/A-18D, export version for Kuwait.
Produced 1991 - 1992

McDonnell Douglas St. Louis, Missouri (MC)

(Kuwait) 441 / 448 KAFD001 / KAFD008 8 Total: 0008

F/A-18E / F/A-18F Super Hornet
As F/A-18C/D, larger fuselage, avionics /
weapons / engine upgrade. First 7 were
service test airframes.
93+ F/A-18E - single seat fighers.
99+ F/A-18F - 2-seater trainers / fighters.
Produced 1994 - present

McDonnell Douglas St. Louis, Missouri (MC)

BuNo.165164 / 165170 E001 / E005 & F001, F002 7  

Boeing St. Louis, Missouri (MC)

BuNo.165533 / 165544 E006 / E013 & F003 / F006    
BuNo.165660 / 165679 E014 / E021 & F007 / F018    
BuNo.165779 / 165808 E022 / E035 & F019 / F034    
BuNo.165860 / 165934 E036 / E064 & F035 / F080    
BuNo.166420 / 166467 E065 / E093 & F084 / F102    
BuNo.166597 / 166640 E & F    
BuNo.166643 / 166684 E & F    
BuNo.166775 / 166854 E & F    
BuNo.166859 / 166892 E & F    
BuNo.167957 / 167980
- 24 to RAAF as A44-201 / A44-224.
F 409 Total: 0416
3 (c/n: F081 / F083), additional F/A-18F airframes cancelled.

EA-18G Growler
As F/A-18F, ECM version.
Produced 2005 - present

Boeing St. Louis, Missouri (MC)

BuNo.166641, 166642 EA001, EA002    
BuNo.166855 / 166858 ?    
BuNo.166893, 166894 ?    
BuNo.168250 / 168261 ? 20 Total: 0020

 

Grand Total: 1842


Australian RAAF single-seater AF/A-18A, s/n: A21-35.
Christchurch Intl. Airport, New Zealand, 2010.


Underbelly detail on AF/A-18A, s/n: A21-12.
Christchurch Intl. Airport, New Zealand, 2010.

Foreign built - Australia:
AF/A-18A
As F/A-18A, version for Australia. Upgraded
with F/A-18C avionics during production.
Produced 1984 - 1990

Government Aircraft Factory (GAF),
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
(In 1987, became ASTA: Aerospace
Technologies of Australia).

(RAAF) A21-1 / A21-57 mixed A181 to A581 (AF01 / AF57) 57  

AF/A-18B
As F/A-18B, version for Australia. Upgraded
with F/A-18D avionics during production.
Produced 1984 - 1988

Government Aircraft Factory (GAF),
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
(In 1987, became ASTA: Aerospace
Technologies of Australia).

(RAAF) A21-103 / A21-118 mixed B043 to B097 (ATF103 / ATF118) 16 Grand Total: 0073


One of 16 RAAF 2-seater AF/A-18B Hornets, s/n: A21-107.
Christchurch Intl. Airport, New Zealand, 2010.

HORNET CONVERSIONS

US Navy / USMC

F/A-18(R) 1 F/A-18A, 1984, prototype reconn. conversion.
NF/A-18C 1 F/A-18C, 1995, permanent conversion for tests.
F/A-18D(RC) 48 F/A-18D, 1992, conversions fitted with centreline reconn. pod.
NF/A-18D 1 F/A-18D, 1995, permanent conversion for tests.

FOREIGN MILITARY / CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - Hornet's in military service with Australia, Canada, Finland, Kuwait,
   Malaysia, Spain and Switzerland.
 - Several Hornet's in service with NASA as test aircraft including one
   as the Hornet HARV, High Angle-of-attack Research Vehicle.

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