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F-18 Low Level Maneuvers – Amazing Perspectives From Inside The Cockpit

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The video shows F-18 pilots taking off from a runway and follows them from inside the plane as they fly over mountains, oceans, forests and take to the skies in a series of maneuvers.

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About The F/A-18 Hornet

The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet, also called simply an “F-18,” is a twin-engine, supersonic, all-weather, carrier-capable combat jet designed to be a fighter and an attack aircraft in one. Created by McDonnell Douglas, now better known as Boeing and Northrop, this fighter jet was based on the YF-17 in the 1970s that was used by the US Navy and Marines. The Hornet is also being used by the air force units of other countries such as Australia, Canada, Finland, Malaysia, Kuwait, Spain Switzerland, and since 1986, the US Navy Blue Angels.

The F/A-18 has a maximum speed of Mach 1.8 and can carry a wide variety of bombs and missiles, including air-to-air and air-to-ground bombs, and is backed by a 20mm M61 Vulcan cannon. It has powerful aerodynamics, mainly because of its leading edge extensions. The jet’s primary missions are in fighter escort, air defense, close air support, Suppression of Enemy Air Defense, air interdiction and aerial reconnaissance. The versatility and reliability of the jets have been proven valuable, but it does lack range and payload capacity compared to earlier versions.

The F/A-18 first saw combat during the 1986 US bombing of Libya and was used in the 1991 Gulf War and 2003 Iraq War, where it showed massive dependability and survivability as one Hornet that had taken hits to both engines still managed to fly back to base. It also provided the basis for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, a larger redesigned version of it.

The popularity of this fighter jet has made it a presence in many movies, such as the hits “Independence Day,” “Behind Enemy Lines” and the 1998 “Godzilla” remake. It is also used in many computer flight simulators.

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