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Aircraft Details
Crew: 1/2
Length: 56 ft
Wingspan: 40 ft
Height: 15 ft 4 in
Loaded Weight: 37,150 lbs
Thrust: 2 x 11,000 lbf
w/ Afterburner: 2 x 17,750 lbf
Speed: Mach 1.8 (at 40,000 ft)
Service Ceiling: 50,000 ft
LEGO® Model Details
Crew: 1
Length: 56 studs
Wingspan: 40 studs
Height: 15 studs
Durability: Sturdy
Difficulty: Medium
Pieces: about 533
Created: April 2009
Version: 5

F-18 Hornet

The McDonnell Douglas F-18 Hornet is a carrier-based multi-role aircraft used to attack both aerial and ground targets. It was adopted by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps in January 1983.

LEGO<sup>®</sup> Model vs. Real F-18 Hornet
LEGO® Model vs. Real

Variants A and C are single-seat planes while B and D have two seats. (This means that my model is either an A or a C... I never decided which.) Note that the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a different airplane designed after the F/A-18A-D.

This was the first modern fighter I created and is still one of my favorites. The challenge was, as always and most importantly, to get the overall shape right. Aside from that I wanted retractable landing gear and a full payload of weapons.

Ordnance includes:

  • 1 Extra fuel tank
  • 4 Sparrow missiles
  • 2 Sidewinder missiles
  • 2 Paveway III bombs
  • 2 JSOW cruise missiles (with retractable wings)

Note that I am not an expert on aircraft or their armaments, I am simply an enthusiast. If something is incorrect, let me know and I'll do my best to fix it.


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