Some of the differences between the F/A-18A and F-18L, a proposed land-based variant of the Hornet.

As seen in the picture, the legacy Hornet uses ailerons and flaps with external hinges, and I was wondering what were the advantages of external hinges compared to flush hinges in the land-based proposal.

  • $\begingroup$ Any picture of a super hornet can answer your question. Or do you have something different in mind? $\endgroup$
    – sophit
    Nov 24, 2023 at 7:14
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, my more important question was the pros and cons of each design, but I wasn't sure whether those little bumps really were external hinges or something else. $\endgroup$ Nov 25, 2023 at 1:21


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