The F/A-18 Hornet is a modern supersonic, carrier-capable fighter and attack aircraft, designed for both air and ground attacks. It was developed in 1970 based upon the experimental YF-17 designed by the McDonnell Douglas Company for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. The F/A-18 has been the aerial show aircraft for the Blue Angels since 1986. Its main missions include fighter escort, fleet air defense, suppression of enemy air defenses, interdiction, close air support and reconnaissance. Its versatility and dependability have proven it to be a useful carrier specialist but has been remarked for its low range and lack of payload compared to other strike fighter aircrafts. The Hornet first flew on November 18 1978, and was introduced to several other nations on January 7, 1983. A total of 1,458 F/A-18A built.
In 1970, the F/A-18 Hornet served for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. The Hornet is also used by the air forces of several other nations.
The F/A-18A Hornet is a single-seat fighter/attack "Hornet" variant by the U.S. Marine Corps. The U.S Marine Corps is a part of American military which is responsible for providing power projection from the sea, utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces. The F/A-18A was a previously designated F-18A and A-18A. The Hornet has a dual fighter/attack mission capability. The F/A-18A was also used by the U.S. Naval Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, in their air shows and other special events across the US and worldwide. On November 8 1986, during the 40th anniversary of the Blue Angels, the team unveiled the F/A-18A as their newest aircraft.