FS2002 Spanish Air Force McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A “Hornet”

The Spanish Hornets package; includes four planes textures: 111 esq. 11st Wing fae_f18Moron A.B., 122 esq. 12nd Wing
Torrejon A.B., 151 esq. 15th Wing Zaragoza A.B. and 462 esq. 46th Wing Gando A.B. . Features: full moving parts,
accurate flight dynamics, FS2002 lights, “auto vortex”, afterburner effects… . Includes 2D panel and Virtual
cockpit. Model by Dean Raimer. Panel components by Vanessa Leighttower, E. Marciano, DragonFlight Design. Spanish
Air Force textures by Manolo Machuca Medina.

More about the Spanish Air Force McDonell Douglas F/A-18A ” Hornet ”

The F/A-18 Hornet is used as both an attack and fighter aircraft. As a fighter, the Hornet is used as a fighter
escort and for fleet air defense. In its attack role, it is used for interdiction and air support.

The F/A-18 Hornet is a twin engine, mid-wing, multi-role tactical aircraft. The F/A-18A and C are single seat
aircraft and the F/A-18B and D are two-seaters. While the B aircraft is used mainly for training the D version is
the current Navy aircraft performing the forward air control, reconnaissance, tactical air control and attack roles.
The latest E and F models were rolled out in September 1995. The E being the single seater.

The F/A-18 Hornet was designed to meet a requirement for a multi-role combat aircraft to replace the ground attack
role of the A-7 Corsair, and the air defense and ground attack role of the F-4 Phantom. It also had to be a low cost
complement to the F-14 Tomcat and be able to operate from forward airstrips for the US Marine Corps.

The Hornets origins go back to the 1960’s and Northrop’s Light-Weight Fighter project that eventually led to the
YF-17 prototype. The YF-17’s first flight was on 9th June 1974. After the YF-16 was chosen by the USAF, US Congress
decided to evaluate two aircraft for the Naval Air Combat Fighter (ACF) project. The YF-17 was not initially
designed for carrier operation, so Northrop collaborated with McDonnell Douglas to win the competition with General
Dynamics and LTV. After modifications by the two companies, the YF-17 became “model 267” and on 2nd May 1975, the US
Navy declared the aircraft the winner. It is from this point that the Hornet becomes a McDonnell Douglas aircraft as
they were the prime contractors. Originally there were two types – the F-18 and the A-18, but a Defense Systems
Acquisition Review decided, on 8th December 1982, to call the aircraft the F/A-18. It is the only aircraft in
services with US forces to have a dual designation. On 1st January 1977, Secretary of the Navy, W. Graham Claytor
decided to call the F/A-18 “Hornet” after the USN ships with the same name.

The Hornet has been regularly upgraded since entering service in 1983. The first F/A-18’s equipped with night strike
capability were delivered in November 1989. Since 1991, they have had F404-GE-402 enhanced performance engines
fitted and since May 1994, the Hornet has been fitted with upgraded APG-73 radar.

Canada was the first export customer for the Hornet and it has the largest fleet of Hornets outside the US. The
Canadian F/A-18’s are designated CF-188 by that country.

Technic Counter

DIMENSTIONS: 

Wing span: 11.43 m 37 ft 6 in
Wing span over missiles: 12.31 m 40 ft 4 ¾ in
Width, wings folded: 8.38 m 27 ft 6 in
Length overall: 17.07 m 56 ft 0 in
Height overall: 4.66 m 15 ft 3 ½ in
Tialplane span: 6.58 m 21 ft 7 ¼ in

AREAS: 

Wings, gross: 37.16 m2 400.0 sq ft
Aileron (total): 2.27 m2 24.40 sq ft
Leading-edge flaps (total): 4.50 m2 48.40 sq ft
Trailing-edge flaps (total): 5.75 m2 61.90 sq ft
Fins (total): 9.68 m2 104.20 sq ft
Rudders (total): 1.45 m2 15.60 sq ft
Tailerons (total): 8.18 m2 88.10 sq ft

WEIGHTS AND LOADINGS:

Weight empty: 10,810 kg 23,832 lb
Max fuel weight:
-Internal: 4,926 kg 10,860 lb
-External: 3,053 kg 6,732 lb
Max external stores load: 7,031 kg 15,500 lb
T-O weight:
-Fighter mission: 16,651 kg 36,710 lb
-Attack mission: 23,541 kg 51,900 lb
-Max, approx: 25,401 kg 56,000 lb

PERFORMANCE: 

Max level speed: Mach 1.8+ 1,032 kt; 1,912 km/h; 1,183 mph
Combat ceiling, approx: 15,240 m 50,000 ft
Combat radius:
-Fighter/escort: 740 km 460 miles
-Attack: 1065 km 662 miles
Ferry range: 1,800 n miles 3,333 km; 2,071 miles

DESIGN FEATURES:

Sharp-edged, cambered leading-edge extensions (LEX), slots at fuselage junction and outward-canted twins fins are
designed to produce high agility and docile performance at AoF over 50°.
Wings have 20° sweepback at quarter-chord and fold up 90° at inboard end of ailerons.
Landing gear designed for unflared landings on runways as well as on carriers.
Full digital fly-by-wire controls are used.
USN F/A-18s can land automatically using carrier-based guidance system.

STRUCTURE:

Multispar wing mainly of light alloy with graphite/epoxy inter-spar skin panels and trailing-edge flaps.
Tail surfaces mainly graphite/epoxy skins over aluminium honeycomb core.
Graphite/epoxy fuselage panels and doors.
Titanium engine firewall.

POWER PLANT:

Two General Electric F404-GE-400 low bypass turbofans initially, each producing approx. 71.2 kN (16,000 lb st) with
afterburning.
F404-GE-402 EPE (Enhanced Performance Engine) standard from early 1992, rated at approx. 78.3 kN (17,600 lb st).
Self-sealing fuel tanks and fuel lines.
Foam in wing tanks and fuselage voids.
Internal fuel capacity approx. 6,061 litres (1,600 US gallon; 1,333 Imp gallon).
Provision for up to three 1,250 litre (330 US gallon; 275 Imp gallon) external fuel tanks.
Canadian Hornets carry three 1,818 litre (480 US gallon; 400 Imp gallon) external tanks.
Flight refuelling probe retracts into upper starboard side of nose.

ARMAMENT:

Nine external weapon stations, comprising two wingtip stations for AIM-9 sidewinders, two outboard wing stations for
AA/AG weapons, including:
AIM-7 Sparrows.
AIM-9 Sidewinders.
AIM-120 AMRAAMs.
AGM-84 Harpoon.
AGM-65F Maverick and Boeing Stadoff Land Attack Missle (SLAM).
Two inboard wing stations for external fuel tanks, air-to-ground weapons or IMI ADM-141 TALD tactical
air-launched decoys.
Two nacelle fuselage stations for Sparrows or Lockheed Martin AN/ASQ-173 laser spot tracker/strike camera
(LST/SCAM) or AN/AAS-38B and AN/AAR-50 sensor pods.
A centreline fuselage station for external fuel or weapons. Air-to-ground weapons include: GBU-10/-12 laser-guided
bombs, Mk 82 and Mk 84 general purpose bombs, and CBU-59 cluster bombs.
An M61A1 20 mm six-barrel gun with 570 rounds is mounted in the nose and has a Boeing director gunsight with
conventional sight as back-up.

Comment:

Now, after all I have written above, about the Spanish Air Force McDonell Douglas F/A-18A ” Hornet “, I am going to
talk about good things and the bad things this plane has for FS2002. Firstly, I have been impressed because of the
excellent movement this plane has in the virtual cabin. The things that have movement are the yoke, the rudder
pedals and in the engines power stick. There is also good movement in the wheels. One of the best’s effects of the
whole plane is the fire that comes out of the turbines, which is very well done. The main cabin has very well
detailed gauges and a very good designed panel. In this package there are four, as I have mentioned before,
different textures that aren’t easy to recognize one an other. After all a plane with excellent textures.

My rating is 9/10.



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