The F/A-18 Super Hornet: the star of Top Gun Maverick

Like the Hornet before it, the Super Hornet’s arrival into US Navy service was via a somewhat unusual route. Today it delivers world-class capability from the carrier deck.

The F/A-18E and F Super Hornet are the cornerstone of US naval airpower. Upgraded to embrace the most recent advances in avionics and weapons capability, the aircraft has also been developed into the EA-18G electronic attack and jamming platform. TOPGUN saw its first Super Hornet during 2001 and since then it has become its stock in trade. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that the NAWDC fleet includes F/A-18E and F aircraft upon which the school is able to call for instructor currency, blue air, and adversary training.

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