The Super Hornet — affectionately known as the ‘Rhino’ — is a magnificent all-rounder for the US Navy, and is set to remain so into the 2040s.


THE TYPICAL CARRIER Air Wing (CVW) fields up to four squadrons of Super Hornets with a mix of single-seat E-models and two-seat Fs. They fulfill a raft of duties to meet both the air-to-air and air-to-ground needs of the fleet, and act as the CVW’s organic tanker aircraft. The only real difference in mission sets for the two variants concerns the forward air controller — airborne (FAC-A) role, which is the sole domain of the F/A-18F due to its complexity.

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