McDonnell-Douglass F/A-18A "Hornet"

On Loan from National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL

FA-18A Hornet Article

The F/A-18 entered service in 1983 with a Marine fighter/attacker squadron. The aircraft on display (Bureau# 162436) began its service with the Navy on 4 June 1985 as the 183rd F/A-18 built. It served in various locations with its last assignment with Marine fighter attack squadron (VMFA-321) at Naval Air Facility Washington, DC. In late 2003, the aircraft arrived at NAS-JRB Willow Grove and formally stricken from Navy/Marine Corps inventory. The aircraft markings are from  the personal aircraft of then Willow Grove Commanding Officer Capt. Lane Smith, past commanding officer of VFA-203, the Blue Dolphins, out of Atlanta, GA. Although the aircraft was supposed to go to NAS Lakehurst, after negotiations with The National Aviation Museum in Pensacola Florida the DVHAA was able to secure the F/A-18A Hornet for permanent display at our museum on December 14, 2014. 

Please contact the museum if you have any information, comments, or recollections of this F/A-18 Hornet.

Specifications
Bureau #: 162436
Built: 1985
Crew: 1
Passengers: 0
Retired: 2003
Received: Dec 2014
Restored by:  
Restored:  
Length: 56'
Height: 15' 4"
Wingspan: 40' 5"
Weight Empty: 23,050 lbs
Weight Loaded: 51,000 lbs
Powerplant: F404-GE-402 turbofan engines
Thrust: 17,700 lbs per engine
Max Speed: 1,294 mph
Range: 1252 miles
Manufacturer: McDonnel-Douglas
Armarment: M61A1 Vulcan 6 Cannon
Ordnance: 17,000 lbs
Ceiling: 50,000 ft
Status: On Display