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Questions tagged [f-18]

Questions about the F-18 or F/A-18 combat aircraft

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What are these accelerating flare countermeasures called?

There seems to be a type of flare countermeasure, that not only gets ejected from the flare dispenser, but also gets accelerated in the direction of the plane. So fare I´ve only noticed it on super ...
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What is the non-projected cross-hair for on the F-18 HUD?

Top right, there's a little cross-hair - it looks like it's for lining something up, since on the second pane there's a little dot. I haven't seen this on any other HUDs. Appears to be present on all ...
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What is the purpose of these “stickers” in the F/A-18 Super Hornet fuselage?

Photos source: screenshot from youtube video -> I think they can be used as fuselage reference points in flight testing, but I'm not sure. Are they part of NATO ...
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What is a “low-boom maneuver” and how would an F/A-18 execute it?

The Engadget article NASA will publicly test quiet supersonic technology in November says: The administration plans to conduct a series of public tests around the coastal city of Galveston in ...
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What is this F-18 Hornet “air intake” for?

I think I read once that they served to cool the on-board computer systems, but I'm not sure.
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What is the function of the holes in splitter plates?

Do the holes in splitter plates reduce the boundary layer, or do they serve a different function such as acoustic/vibration damping? Many splitter plates have a series of holes drilled into the ...
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What is this smoke coming from an F/A-18 shortly before takeoff?

Watching a video of F/A-18 fighter-jets taking off, I noticed some sort of gas blowing out behind the canopy shortly before the start of the takeoff roll. Here's a screenshot: In some videos the ...
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How far can a Super Hornet fly at max supersonic speed in a clean configuration?

How far can a Super Hornet fly at its top (supersonic) speed, assuming it's in a clean configuration, i.e. no external tanks and no ordnance?
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What part of the F-18's wing profile allows for high AoA flight?

I'm trying to analyse the relationship between the angle of attack and lift coefficient of a wing profile I tested. However, I am finding that the data shows that the wing hasn't stalled by the time ...
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Why do the F/A-18 and the F-22 Raptor have horizontal stabilizer as well as canted rudders for pitch control?

F/A-18, F-22 Raptor have a horizontal tailplane as well as canted rudders? Why can't the horizontal tailplane done away with (as in the F-117) and have only the ruddervators for pitch control?
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What are the visual differences between the F/A-18 Hornet/Super Hornet and the EA-18G Growler?

I was looking at the Northrop Grumman website and came across the EA-18G Growler, which looks very similar to the F/A-18. What are the visual differences between the two?
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Why does NASA have F/A-18s?

I always remember playing FSX as a kid and using the NASA F/A-18, and never thought much about it. And then I saw the picture of the Space Shuttle on top of the 747 being escorted by these planes. ...