F-18 Super Hornet Legacy Demo

The 2019 Melbourne Air and Space Show will feature the U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet Legacy Demo, also known as the “Rhino”, March 30-31 at Orlando Melbourne Int’l Airport.   The Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet is a twin-engine fighter aircraft based on the original McDonnell Douglas F-18 Hornet also known as the “Legacy Hornet.” The Super Hornet... View Article


F-18 Super Hornet

The 2019 Melbourne Air and Space Show will feature the U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet Legacy Demo, also known as the “Rhino”, March 30-31 at Orlando Melbourne Int’l Airport.

 

The Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet is a twin-engine fighter aircraft based on the original McDonnell Douglas F-18 Hornet also known as the “Legacy Hornet.” The Super Hornet is a larger and more advanced version of the legacy hornet. The Super Hornet has an internal 20 mm rotary cannon and can carry air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface weapons. The Super Hornet entered service with the United States Navy in 1999, replacing the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, which was retired in 2006.

 

The F-18 Super Hornet is largely a new aircraft and is about 20% larger in size than the legacy Hornet. The Super Hornet carries 33% more internal fuel, increasing mission range by 41% and endurance by 50% over the Legacy Hornet. The Super Hornet’s radar cross-section was reduced greatly making it harder to detect by enemy radar. The design of the engine inlets reduces the aircraft’s frontal radar cross-section. The alignment of the leading edges of the engine inlets is designed to scatter radiation to the sides. Fixed fanlike reflecting structures in the inlet tunnel divert radar energy away from the rotating fan blades.

 

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F-18 Super Hornet


  1. Paul Wozny says:

    Is the Super Hornet just doing a flyover with another aircaraft for the legacy flight or is it going to do a full performance of its capability?

    • Ken W says:

      Not official from the airshow, but it’s a Legacy Flight with the T-2 Buckeye. Honestly, I don’t know if they do any individual passes (hopefully at least a high speed pass), but I sure hope so. It’s not the full performance demo.

    • Laney Poye says:

      Hey Eric, yes, that’s absolutely correct! We’ll have static displays of aircrafts available to view up close throughout the show (Gates open at 9 am, aerial performance runs from noon to 4 pm).

    • Laney Poye says:

      Hey Stu, the full aerial performance schedule will be released about a week before the show. The aerial performances run from 12 noon to about 4 pm, with our headliners the F-35 ending the show. Stay tuned!

  2. Douglas Atkins says:

    I don’t care what anyone says, along with the A-10 Warthog, the Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet are the most awesome aircraft I’ve ever seen in action. I don’t ever want to be on the receiving end of either one of their offensives!

  3. Cecilia L Tyler says:

    Do you have handicap parking? If so do you have to make a reservation for them spots. Thank you for your time.

    • Laney Poye says:

      Hi Cecilia, yes, we do – you buy regular parking as usual, and bring your handicap placard along with you. Our parking attendants will then direct you to a special area for our handicap guests that is near to the admissions gate.

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