One of the most known multirole fighters of the world is here, yes, it’s the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.
This beast of an aircraft is a twin engine, multirole, carrier-based fighter with one seat for the E variant and a tandem-seat for the F variant. The Super Hornet was developed from the F/A-18 Hornet, it is bigger and more advanced, one of it’s features is the capacity to carry 5 external fuel tanks and be configured to act as an airborne tanker with the addition of an external aerial refueling system.
It also has an internal 20mm M61 rotary cannon and can carry air-to-air, air-to-ground and anti-ship missiles as well as bombs, the newest weapons in the US Navy can be installed on the Super Hornet including the AIM-9X Sidewinder, AIM-120D AMRAAM, AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM), AGM-84 Harpoon, Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM), JDAM and others.
The Super Hornet entered service in 1999 with the United States Navy (USN) to replace the F-14 Tomcats which was fully retired in 2006, it currently serves alongside the F/A-18C Hornet. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) also operates F/A-18A Hornets but in 2007 the Super Hornet was ordered to replace the older F-111C the RAAF Super Hornets entered service in December 2010.
It’s capacity and technological advancements makes the Super Hornets be one of the most efficient and effective carrier-based multirole aircraft in the world.
That’s it for this photo series, as always don’t be shy to send me suggestions or contributions for future photo series!
Have a great day, everyone!
Well, since today was Sunday, I decided to finally give a good clean up to my man child toys small vehicles collection, as I’m a lazy bastard that lets it collects too much dust for weeks at a time.
And since they’re all bright and shinny, I decided to share it with you guys, my pride and joy that has been slowing growing for the past 10 years, so, without further ado, here they are!
Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde - Air France
Airbus A330-200 - Avianca
Airbus A330-300 - Swiss International Air Lines
Airbus A340-300 - Iberia
Airbus A340-300 - TAP Portugal
Airbus A380 - Prototype
ATR-42 - Avianca
AgustaWestland AW101 - Royal Canadian Air Force
Avro Lancaster - Royal Air Force
AgustaWestland AW109 - US Coast Guard
Bell 207 Jet Ranger - Los Angeles Police Department
Bell 412 - Corpo Forestale dello stato
Boeing 737-400 - Lufthansa
Boeing 737-700 -
Gol Transportes Aéreos
Boeing 737-800 - Aires Colombia
Boeing 737-800 -
Gol Transportes Aéreos (different scale)
Boeing 737-800 - Varig
Boeing 747-400 - Royal Air Maroc
Boeing 767-200 - LAN
Boeing 777-200 - American Airlines
Being 777-200 - Singapore Airlines (different scale)
Boeing 777-300 - Japan Airlines
Boeing AH-64 Apache - US Army
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress - USAAF
Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet - US Navy
Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight - USMC
CANT Z.506 Airone - Regia Aeronautica
Dassault Mirage V - Colombian Air Force (made from three 7.62mm bullets)
Douglas Commercial DC-7 -
Embraer E190 - TACA
Embraer E195 - AirEuropa
Eurocopter EC135 - German Army
Eurofighter Typhoon - Luftwaffe
Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II - US Air Force
Fokker 50 - Aer Lingus
Fokker 50 - Avianca
Fokker Dr.I - Luftstreitkräfte (Red Baron)
General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon - Royal Netherlands Air Force
Grumman F-14 Tomcat - US Navy
Grumman F-14 Tomcat - US Navy (different scale and wing angle)
Hawker Hurricane - Royal Air Force
Junkers Ju-87G Stuka - Luftwaffe
Lockheed C-130H Hercules - US Coast Guard
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird - US Air Force
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II - USMC
McDonnell Douglas DC-10 - Northwest Airlines
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II - US Navy
Messerschmitt Bf 109 - Luftwaffe
Mikoyan MiG-29 - Russian Air Force
Mitsubishi A6M Zero - Japanese Navy
Mil Mi-17 - Soviet Air Force
Mil Mi-25 - Iraqi Air Force
North American P-51 Mustang - USAAF
Panavia Tornado - Luftwaffe
Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk - US Army
Sikorsky SH-60 Sea Hawk - US Navy
Supermarine Spitfire - Royal Air Force
Yakovlev Yak-3 - Soviet Air Force.
Tanks and Armor
Krupp Protze and
3.7 cm Pak 36
M2 Bradley (I had bought a T-72, but the seller sent that one by mistake)
Marder III Ausf. H,
Panzer IV Ausf. G
Panzer VI Tiger Ausf. E
Sd.Kfz. 7/2 armored cab version
In the following years, I want to add soviet airliners (I’ve had my eye for a while on a Herpa Wings Tu-154M), Vietnam-era helicopters, trijets, at least one biplane (the fokker’s a triplane), british turboprops, allied WWII armor and more AT guns, but that will be when I’m back in Colombia, as I can’t indulge in this hobby as much as used to, as most came from the time I worked a full-time job, where more often than not I ended up eating only spaghetti and canned bologna sauce for weeks at at time after overspending in one of these, mostly the helicopters and tanks (all worth it!).
I had a bit more, but two movings and a car crash destroyed them.
An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike and its carrier strike group are underway participating in a sustainment exercise designed to maintain deployment readiness as part of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch (Released)
An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 makes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kurtis A. Hatcher/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 26, 2017) - An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 conducts aerial refueling operations with a U.S. Air Force KC-10A Extender assigned to the 6th Air Refueling Squadron over the Pacific Ocean. The Eagles are traveling from Naval Air Facility Atsugi (NAFA), Japan, to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, to complete the Strike Fighter Advanced Readiness Program. VFA 115 is forward deployed to NAFA, Japan, in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Chris Pagenkopf/Released) 170226-N-CF980-007
What is the ugliest fighter jet currently employed by the modern world sensei Enrique
That’s quite the interesting question actually, as fighter jets tend to be among the most beautiful warbirds to grace the skies, sans that abortion that was the second and early third generation, but we don’t talk about that.
So, with that said, my pick, which by fighter standard can be considered ugly, but overall by plane standards is still beautiful, is
The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, which is further handicapped by having the dishonor of being the replacement of the most beautiful, most awesome naval fighter that has ever flown, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat.
“Be near me when my light is low, When the blood creeps, and the nerves prick And tingle; and the heart is sick, And all the wheels of Being slow.
Be near me when the sensuous frame Is rack’d with pangs that conquer trust; And Time, a maniac scattering dust, And Life, a fury slinging flame.
Be near me when my faith is dry, And men the flies of latter spring, That lay their eggs, and sting and sing And weave their petty cells and die.
Be near me when I fade away, To point the term of human strife, And on the low dark verge of life The twilight of eternal day.” ― Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam
 Aviation Electrician’s Mate Airman Seth Orourke, a plane captain assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, gives thumbs up to the pilot of an F/A-18E Super Hornet after completing start-up of the aircraft on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. (Photo by Petty Officer Second Class James Evans, 21 DEC 2011).
[2,3] Members of the flight deck crew direct a F/A-18C Hornet from the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 to a catapult on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class George M. Bell, 10 JUN 2013.)
 An F/A-18F Super Hornet waits to launch from the waist catapults on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson. (Photo by Petty Officer Second Class James Evans, 17 DEC 2011).
 An F/A-18 Hornet launches from the flight deck during night operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. (Photo by Petty Officer Second Class James Evans, 11 JAN 2012.)
It would be an understatement to say the U.S. Navy has some crackshot photographers! Pretty much nailed this one …
WATERS NEAR GUAM (June 8, 2015) Capt. William Koyama, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195, after completing his 4000th flight hour. George Washington and its embarked air wing, CVW 5, are on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. George Washington will conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) later this year after serving seven years as the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)
A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the South China Sea - Oct. 20, 2014.