This is my first post here! yay! Today I ate at the awesome "Perfect Landing" restaurant at Centennial Airport. My dad said he thought they were FA-18s but I honestly have no idea. It was awesome because we saw the pilots through the window of the flight crew lounge in their military suits. We also saw them go out with some little kids and their families to show them the jets while they were being inspected before takeoff. Really cool to see.
That is a Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet. The Super Hornet can be readily identified from legacy F-18s by its larger size, enlarged, hood-like leading edge extensions, larger flaps and flight control surfaces, and the rhombohedral shaped engine intakes to reduce the aircraft’s frontal radar cross section. It’s tail insignia indicates that it’s a line aircraft with the United States Navy’s VFA-143 “Pukin’ Dogs” strike fighter squadron based out of NAS Oceania, near Norfolk, VA.