The McDonnell Douglas (now produced by Boeing) F/A-18 is a twin engined, supersonic, combat jet. The F/A-18 is based on the land based McDonnell Douglas YF-17 Cobra and was built for carrier operations, although various nations use the F/A-18 solely for land based operations. The US Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, has used the Hornet since 1986.
The Hornet saw its first combat action in 1986 and subsequently participated in 1991 Operation Desert Storm and in the 2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a heavily modified design based on the original F/A-18 Hornet.
United States Navy - F/A-18A/B/C/D Hornet, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler
United States Marine Corps - F/A-18A/B/C/D Hornet
Royal Australian Air Force - F/A-18A/B Hornet, F/A-18F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler
Royal Canadian Air Force - CF-18A/B Hornet
Royal Malaysian Air Force - F/A-18D Hornet
Finnish Air Force - F/A-18C/D Hornet
Kuwait Air Force - F/A-18C/D Hornet
Spanish Air Force - F/A-18A/B Hornet
Swiss Air Force - F/A-18C/D Hornet
Purpose: Multi-role fighter
First Flight: 18 November 1978
Introduction: 7 January 1983
Status: In service
Number Built: 1,480