Aircraft Data Sheet

for F/A-18A Bu. No. 162901


The first contract for full-scale development of the Hornet was placed on January 22, 1976, for 11 aircraft of which two were to be two-seat combat capable training versions (TF-18A).  The F/A-18 was designated to carry an air-to-air armament of AIM-7 Sparrow AAMs, plus AIM-9 Sidewinders at the wing-tips, and Hughes AN/APG-65 multi-mode radar for air-to-air and air-to-ground use.  Air-to-ground missiles, such as the AGM-84 Harpoon and AGM-65 Maverick, could be carried underwing in place of the Sparrows, so that the F/A-18 was suited to replacing the F-4 Phantom in the US Navy and Marine squadrons as an escort fighter/interceptor and to replace the Navy A-7 and Marine A-4 as an attack aircraft, using pod-mounted FLIR and laser tracker. (source: United States Navy Aircraft since 1911 by Gordon Swanborough and Peter Bowers)

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Photo by Frank Warren.


Photo by Frank Warren.


Photo by David Hanson.


Photo by Toney Herlevic.


Remarks: This aircraft became a USS Midway Museum exhibit on 19 July 2005.


  •   1- AIM-9 Sidewinder missile.

  •   1 Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation pod.

Photo by Frank Warren.

Nickname: Fateen

Bu No 162901 Assignment Record

Date of manufacture: Unknown

Manufacturer: McDonnell Aircraft Company, St. Louis, MO


Assignment history not yet available.





This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation. 

Click here to view their web site's F/A-18 page.







Page updated on 19 December 2007