The Hornet is operated by:
- No 3 Squadron, RAAF Base Williamtown, near Newcastle
- No 75 Squadron, RAAF Base Tindal, near Katherine
- No 77 Squadron, RAAF Base Williamtown
- No 2 Operational Conversion Unit, RAAF Base Williamtown, who train pilots transferring to Hornet squadrons.
Hornet weapons include:
- 20mm nose-mounted cannon
- wide range of air-to air and air-to-surface missiles
- laser-guided and conventional bombs.
The Hornet was developed for the US Navy and Marine Corps and has been a very successful aircraft. It is also used by Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain and Switzerland. The fleet has just undergone a major avionics upgrade to ensure effective operations for the next 10 to 15 years.
Air Force will obtain 24 Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets by 2010 to ensure Australia's air combat capability edge is maintained until the full introduction into service of the F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter.
- RAAF Museum Hornet history
- RAAF Base Tindal
- RAAF Base Williamtown
- No 3 Squadron
- No 75 Squadron
- No 77 Squadron
- No 2 Operational Conversion Unit
|Manufacturer||Boeing (originally McDonnell-Douglas)|
|Crew||One or two|
|Engine||Two low-bypass F404-GE-400 turbofans (7,258kg thrust each)|
|Airframe||Length: 17.1m, height: 4.7m|
|Weight||10,660kg basic, 20,412kg maximum|
|Speed||Mach 1.8 (2,200km/h)|
|Ceiling||Above 45,000 feet|