It is important not to confuse the two planes because the newer E/F models weigh nearly 20% more at takeoff and
over 30% more at landing compared to the earlier aircraft. The Navy decided to use these two different names to
ensure that deck operators would not accidentally confuse the Hornet and Super Hornet by setting the takeoff
catapults and landing arrestor wires for the wrong aircraft weight. Doing so could have disastrous consequences
for crew on both the aircraft and the carrier.
- answer by Jeff Scott, 27 April 2003
When you look at the F-18A/B/C/D airplanes, it is evident that their wing tips have a large twist. But the F-18E/F, I have learned, has no twist at all. Why are the wing twists so different between A/B/C/D and E/F models? They look so similar.
I was wondering what the small vertical fins on the leading-edge extensions of the F/A-18 are. They are just aft of the cockpit on both sides of the plane. I have noticed that there are photos of NASA Hornets that do not have them.
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