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PERSIAN GULF (Sept. 30, 2007) - Flight deck personnel perform a pre-launch check on a F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the "Checkmates" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211, aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 are currently underway on a scheduled six-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Tracey L. Whitley

Posted: 10/01/2007
General Characteristics, Super Hornet, E and F models
Primary Function: Multi-role attack and fighter aircraft.
Contractor: McDonnell Douglas.
Date Deployed: Firstflight in November 1995. Initial Operational Capability (IOC) inSeptember 2001 with VFA-115, NAS Lemoore, Calif. First cruise forVFA-115 is onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.
Unit Cost: $57 million
Propulsion: Two F414-GE-400 turbofan engines. 22,000 pounds (9,977 kg) static thrust per engine.
Length: 60.3 feet (18.5 meters).
Height: 16 feet (4.87 meters).
Wingspan: 44.9 feet (13.68 meters).
Weight: Maximum Take Off Gross Weight is 66,000 pounds (29,932 kg).
Airspeed: Mach 1.8+.
Ceiling: 50,000+ feet.
Range: Combat: 1,275 nautical miles (2,346 kilometers), clean plus two AIM-9s
Ferry: 1,660 nautical miles (3,054 kilometers), two AIM-9s, three 480 gallon tanks retained.
Crew: A, C and E models: One
B, D and F models: Two.
Armament: OneM61A1/A2 Vulcan 20mm cannon; AIM 9 Sidewinder, AIM-9X (projected), AIM7 Sparrow, AIM-120 AMRAAM, Harpoon, Harm, SLAM, SLAM-ER (projected),Maverick missiles; Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JSOW); Joint Direct AttackMunition (JDAM); Data Link Pod; Paveway Laser Guided Bomb; variousgeneral purpose bombs, mines and rockets.


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