Talk:McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
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"The Hornets shot down two MiGs and resumed their bombing run, each carrying four 2,000 lb bombs, before returning to Saratoga. Mongilio and Fox become the first pilots to register air-to-air kills while still completing their original air-to-ground mission."
This statement in the article seems doubtful. What about B-17's and the like in WW2 shooting down Luftwaffe aircraft enroute to Germany? Assuredly at least one of those got to their targets after shooting down an opponent, let alone the thousands of dive bombers, torpedo bombers, carpet bombers etc. that saw air to air action during WW2.--Senor Freebie (talk) 23:00, 4 November 2009 (UTC)
- This statement is extraordinary, but it was only supported by a website from Boeing. Boeing is not objective enough to support this statement which is highly unlikely, considering the great number of fighter-bombers in WWII, and bombers with gunners, etc. I removed it. Binksternet (talk) 18:51, 6 March 2011 (UTC)
- That should probably the first fighter pilots to do that, but I have not seen it specifically mentioned in my F/A-18 books. -Fnlayson (talk) 20:05, 6 March 2011 (UTC)
- You should take into consideration that WWII attack aircraft like SBD's and TBF/TBM's and fighter bombers did not have the power to weight ratio of modern jet fighters or ranged weapons like Missiles. A aircraft carrying bombs or drop tanks was at a severe performance disadvantage in maneuvering ability and speed. It was common when sighting the enemy or when ambushed to dump everything under the wing and turn to engage the enemy. If you didnt you were at serious risk of being shot down. Anlushac11 (talk) 01:02, 19 February 2013 (UTC)
Finnish/Swiss Hornets and A-G capability
Does anyone have any confirmed information about the A-G features delivered with Swiss and Finnish Hornets? What bothers me are these sentences in the Finnish Air Force article: "It lacks certain avionics, target acquisition and weapon control features, limiting its ground attack capability. The variant is also used by the Swiss Air Force."
As far as I know, the Finnish Hornets are for the most part pretty much standard. They for example even retain the launch bar which is completely useless without an aircraft carrier. I've never heard from a reliable source that there were actually any missing major features related to ground attack. And by major features I mean something that is normally integrated in the aircraft instead of some removable pod that can be bought and added at any time if needed. Only in recent years have I seen talk about a "Finnish variant" of the Hornet.
It is of course well known that both air forces originally intended using Hornets only for air defense, but were there actually any technical restrictions or was it only decided not to buy A-G weapons and targeting pods? I remember reading that originally Swiss Hornets had slimmer pylons capable of carrying only A-A weapons but Finnish Hornets had the standard pylons from the start. -Khilon (talk) 02:14, 31 December 2009 (UTC)
I understood that USA had been unwilling to sell modern guided Air to Ground bombs (can't remember the exact name) to Finland since they're not a NATO country. Maybe the capability to launch them is present at least in some degree but there's no ordnance, just remember reading something about that from a Finnish news paper or even a Finnish army news paper. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 23:17, 29 November 2012 (UTC)
I have a question?
Sorry if I don't format this correctly. Just wondering if there is a reason one squadron would choose a single-seater versus a two-seater. Are they for different mission requirements? For example the USMC designated the F/A-18D two-seater for all weather. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 04:49, 22 April 2012 (UTC)
I can't find much in the article about life support, particularly breathing gas. I understand that, unlike USAF jets which mix oxygen with ambient air and enrich the mix with altitude, US Navy aircraft deliver 100% oxygen all the time. Is this true of all F-18, or is in configurable? I have also seen the claim that the 100% oxygen delivery system was engineered in case the carrier's catapult failed and the jet got thrown into the sea. For this reason also there is no seat-separation in an underwater ejection and the oxygen bottle is carried as part of the ejection seat. I wonder does anyone have a source for these claims? Breathing 100% oxygen can lead to Atelectasis, but I don't think this has ever been reported on a jet, has it? With the latest F-22 problems being widely debated, I have also seen the claim that 100% oxygen results in a "fighter pilot cough". Is this true and if so why? Thanks. Martinevans123 (talk) 10:29, 6 October 2012 (UTC)
- As far as I know the F/A-18 like the F-22 uses a standard OBOGS (On-board Oxygen Generation System) which as a fairly common system and not unusual to the F/A-18 so is not worth a mention. I dont think any OBOGS can deliver more than 95% oxygen. MilborneOne (talk) 17:36, 6 October 2012 (UTC)
The 1/3 of the intro is dedicated to the E/F which btw has its own article. Intro is supposed to be a summary of the current topic and not of another article. The last third should be focused instead of a career summary ( fought in x wars and will be replaced by whom ) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 18:15, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
Updated USN squadron status
I updated the information for which US squadrons have transitioned to the Super Hornet from the Legacy Hornet. spook498~~ — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 23:07, 14 December 2013 (UTC)
side by side comparison A&C vrs. E and C&D vrs. F
To the best of _MY_ (unverified) knowledge, the main difference between the A&B vrs. C&D (discarding the one vrs. two position cockpits) is that the A&B have OVAL air intakes, whereas the C&D have "diamond" or semi-rectangular air intakes. But...
Does anyone know of a website where there is a comparison, either in text or images, the differences in APPEARANCES between the "A" vrs. "C", as well as the "B" vrs. "D"?
(i.e.: The differences of the "A" and "C" versus the "E" as well as the "B" and "D" versus the "F" are rather well know.)
I've had no such luck.
LP-mn (talk) 16:11, 11 February 2014 (UTC)