|Real-world origin||United States of America|
|AC installments||Ace Combat
Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies
Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War
Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War
|Primary operator||Osea (OMDF)|
|Secondary operators||Belka (BAF)
|Plane variant(s)||F/A-18D Hornet
F/A-18E Super Hornet
F/A-18F Super Hornet
F/A-18U Hornet ADV
The F/A-18 Hornet was first derived from the YF-17 Cobra. The Cobra was Northrop's entry into the US Air Force's Lightweight Fighter Program. However, the F-16 Fighting Falcon was chosen over the Cobra mostly for the cost of two engines rather than one. The Navy, nevertheless, liked the Cobra's design, and wanted a carrier capable fighter based on the YF-17. The result was the F/A-18 Hornet.
The F/A-18C Hornet is a single-seat, carrier-capable, multirole strike fighter. The "C" model is an advanced version of the original "A" model. When the Hornet was first being built, it was originally supposed to be two aircraft: the F-18 Hornet, a fighter, and the A-18 Hornet, an attacker. The term F/A-18 was used to refer to both at the same time. However, the designers later decided to combine the two into one aircraft that could perform both roles, and the name F/A-18 stuck, though it is more commonly referred to as the F-18.
With its entry into service with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, the F/A-18C has replaced older, single role machines like the A-4 Skyhawk, A-7E Corsair II, and F-4S/F-4J Phantom II. The F/A-18's combat debut was over Libya in 1986 during Operation El Dorado Canyon, later during Operation Desert Storm the F/A-18C performed round-the-clock day and night sorties with great success, despite the loss of two F/A-18s. U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Hornets have been continuously used in Operation Southern Watch and in the Bosnia and Kosovo campaigns in the 1990s. Hornets and the newest models, the Super Hornets, have been used in Operation Enduring Freedom and in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The F/A-18C and twin-seat D models are the result of a block upgrade in 1987 incorporating upgraded radar, avionics, and the capacity to carry new missiles such as the AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missile and AGM-65 Maverick and AGM-84 Harpoon air-to-surface missiles.
Other upgrades include the Martin-Baker NACES (Navy Aircrew Common Ejection Seat), and a self-protection jammer. A synthetic aperture ground mapping radar enables the pilot to locate targets in poor visibility conditions. C and D models delivered since 1989 also include an improved night attack capability, consisting of the Hughes AN/AAR-50 thermal navigation pod, the Loral AN/AAS-38 Night Hawk FLIR (forward looking infrared array) targeting pod, night vision goggles, and two full-color (previously monochrome) MFDs and a color moving map.
- Riho (STFS/AC)
- Vaisala (FEAF/AC4)
- Meteor Squadron (BAF/ACZ) (mentioned in the mission, Merlon)
- Bachstelze (Wagtail) / BAF (ACZ)
- Kolibri (Honeysucker) (BAF/ACZ)
- BAF 10th Air Division/8th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Grun" (Green) / BAF (ACZ)
- Joshua Bristow (OADF/ACZ)
- Gun: 1x 20mm M61A1 Vulcan Cannon
- Missiles: AIM-9M Sidewinder
- UGBM: Mk.83 1000 lb Bomb (AC04)
- LASM: AGM-84E Harpoon (AC4, AC5 & ACZ)
- SAAM: AIM-7M Sparrow (ACZ)
- SOD: AGM-154 JSOW (ACZ)
- XMAA: AIM-120C AMRAAM (AC04)
- Stability: 20
- Defense: 50
- Offense: 90
- Power: 90
- Mobility: 50
Ace Combat 5/ZeroEdit
- Speed: 68
- Mobility: 44
- Stability: 53
- Defense: 57
- Air-to-Air: 27
- Air-to-Ground: 62
- F/A-18D Hornet- the two-seat version of the "C", also used for the all weather attack role.
- F/A-18E Super Hornet- an even more improved (and larger) single-seat version.
- F/A-18F Super Hornet- the two-seat version of the "E".
- EA-18G Growler- electronic attack version of the Super Hornet.
- Mirage 2000
- Mirage 2000-5
- F-16C Fighting Falcon
- F-16E Fighting Falcon
- JAS-39C Gripen
- F-2A Viper Zero
- MiG-29A Fulcrum
- Tornado IDS
- F-20A Tigershark
|F-* Line of Aircraft in the Ace Combat series|
|Lockheed Martin||F-2A Viper Zero • F-16XL • F-16C Fighting Falcon • F-16F Fighting Falcon F-16C Block 60 • F-22A Raptor • FB-22 Strike Raptor • F-35B Lightning II • F-35C Lightning II • F-117A Nighthawk|
|Northrop Grumman||F-5E Tiger II • F-14A Tomcat (Bombcat | Super Tomcat) • F-20A Tigershark • F6F Hellcat|
|McDonnell Douglas||F-15C Eagle • F-15E Strike Eagle • F-15S/MTD • F-4E Phantom II • F-4G Phantom II Wild Weasel • F-4X •|
F/A-18C Hornet (18D Hornet | 18E Super Hornet | 18F Super Hornet)
|Fictional||F-16XF Gyrfalcon • F-16XA Sakerfalcon • F-22C Raptor II • F-A Stealth Fighter • F-C Talon • F-E Talon II • F-G Hawk • F-H Hunter II • FZ-23 Stinger • F/A-18U Hornet ADV • F/A-18I Hornet • F/A-32C Erne|