The F-18 is one of today’s most technologically advanced and modern jet aircraft. Currently valued at 36 million dollars it is the centerpiece of the museum collection and inspires youth to pursue careers in aviation, aerospace and the military.

This F/A-18B flew with the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demo team. In 2006, actor Harrison Ford (known for his starring roles in Indiana Jones and Star Wars) was given a VIP ride in this very aircraft. The F-18 also performed in the movies Independence Day, Behind Enemy Lines and Godzilla.

In 1975 the USAF announced the F-16 Fighting Falcon as the winner of the Lightweight Fighter (LWF) Competition. Of the main contenders, both the General Dynamics YF-16 and Northrop’s YF-17 design were not well suited for Naval Ops. The new F-18 Hornet was based on the YF-17 design and became the Navy’s solution to a more economical and versatile aircraft.

Acquired by Yanks in 2012 from the US Navy, this is our only on loan aircraft.

DISPLAY STATUS COUNTRY OF ORIGIN CURRENT LOCATION
On Loan United States Legends Hangar
PURPOSE & TYPE MATERIALS ERA & DATE RANGE
Fighter  Metals/Composites Modern Jets
1975 – Present
PRODUCTION &
ACQUISITION
SPECIFICATIONS SERVICE HISTORY
MFG: McDonnell Douglas
First Produced: 1983
Number Built: 1,480 F-18 (A-D Models)
Armament: M-61 20mm cannon or 1,370 lbs of external ordnances, AIM-9, AIM-120, Paveway JDAM, AGM-84, AGM-158Acquired by Yanks in 2012 from the US Navy, this is our only on loan aircraft.
Wingspan: 37 ft 6 in
Wing Area: 400 sq ft
Length: 56 ft
Height: 15 ft 3.4 in
Empty Weight: 23,000 lbs
Gross Weight: 51,900 lbs
Powerplant: F404-GE-402
Thrust: lbs
Cruise Speed: 660 mph
Maximum Speed: 1.8 mach (1,122 mph)
Range: 2,000 mph
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Delivered: January 31, 1984
January 1984 NAVPRO St. Louis, MO
February 1984 – October 1985 VFA 125 “Rough Riders” Lemoore, CA
(Navy;s First F/A-18 SQN est 1980)
November 11, 1985 VFA 106 Cecil Field, FL
May 1986 VFA 106 Cecil Field, FL as FA-18B
January 1989 VMFAT 101 MCAS El Toro and North Island, CA
March 1991 USN Flight Demo Team NAS Pensacola, FL
February 2000 USN Flight Demo Team NAS El Centro, CA
November 1 – 5, 2008 USN Flight Demo Team Pensacola, FLStricken: November 12, 2008