However, based on past history, it would not be a surprise if Boeing eventually offers an updated Super Hornet (perhaps the F-18H/J) incorporating a series of enhancements. Similar enhancements are common practice, much like the F-18C/D was an improvement over the original F-18A/B. Such a move would probably extend the service life of the Super Hornet family for another 10 or 15 years out to 2045 or so. The Super Hornet may well be around long enough for your children to fly!
Just for comparison, it is anticipated that the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter, due to begin entering service around 2010, will remain in service until at least 2050. An even more
extreme example is the long-lived B-52 Stratofortress that began entering
service in 1954 and may well continue serving until at least 2025. Having given the Air Force 50 years of service,
B-52 crews have already included sons and grandsons of original crew members.
- answer by Jeff Scott, 8 February 2004
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 diffrent 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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