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McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A-9-MC "Hornet"
Engines: Two General Electric F404-GE-400 turbofans; 15,800 lbs thrust each
Wingspan: 40 ft 8 in
Length: 56 ft 0 in
Height: 15 ft 3 in
Weight: empty: 28,000 lbs; max: 56,000 lbs
Speed: Mach 1.8 at 35,000 feet
Range: max: 2875 miles; combat: 460 miles
Service Ceiling: 50,000 ft
Armament: One 20mm rotary cannon; 6 AIM-9 Sidewinder or 4 AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missiles; external ordnance
Cost: $25,000,000 (approximate)
This F/A-18A, S/N 161725, was manufactured by McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, Missouri, and Northrop Aircraft in Hawthorne, California, and delivered to the U.S. Navy in March 1983.
This aircraft flew at various Naval Air Stations around the country from 1983 until 1992. It was retired at its last duty station in New Orleans in March 1992, and made available to Hill Aerospace Museum for static display. The aircraft arrived at the base on February 10, 1996 inside a C-5A Galaxy.