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The F/A-18C Hornet (F/A-18 in Air Combat and F/A-18D in Ace Combat 2) is a multirole carrier-based aircraft.

This C variant appeared in early Ace Combat games, but is not present in more recent titles. It has been superseded by the F/A-18F Super Hornet on consoles and the F/A-18E Super Hornet on handheld devices.

History

Strangereal

The Hornet participated in a number of large conflicts, the first of which was the Belkan War. The most notable user was the Grun Team, led by Bernhard Schmidt.[1] Alongside the Belkan War, the Hornet was also used in the Skully Islands insurrection. A notable pilot was Scarface Squadron member Riho.

During the Second Usean Continental War, Hornets were used by both the ISAF Air Force and the Federal Erusea Air Force. An Erusian pilot, callsign Vaisala, used the aircraft.[2]

During the Circum-Pacific War, Hornets were used by both the Osean Maritime Defense Force and the Yuktobanian Air Force.

Game Analysis

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

"Due to the limited number of planes an aircraft carrier can hold, the carrier-based 'Hornet' was designed as a multirole aircraft to handle both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Available for 36,000 credits after completing mission 3: The Round Table in Soldier Ace Style

Statistics

Speed: 68
Mobility: 44
Stability: 53
Defense: 57
Air-to-Air: 27
Air-to-Ground: 62

Weapons

Named Pilots

Colors

  • Standard: Air superiority gray
  • Mercenary: Blue Angels-style livery, blue body with yellow wing/tail trim and black upper fuselage
  • Soldier: Green and brown camouflage
  • Knight: Two-tone desert brown camouflage with black nose
  • Special: Grun Team livery

Gallery

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

"Due to limited amount of planes a carrier can hold. This carrier based Hornet was designed as a multirole aircraft to handle both air-to-ground and air-to-air targets."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Available for Ƶ13,100 each after completing mission 6: White Bird (Part I)

Statistics

Speed: 68
Mobility: 44
Stability: 53
Defense: 57
Air-to-Air: 27
Air-to-Ground: 62

Weapons

Colors

  • OS: Air superiority gray
  • RZ: Black/Dark grey nose
  • YK: Dark blue body

Gallery

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies

Description

"Multi-role carrier-based fighter. Able to carry virtually every weapon ever made."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Available for purchase after completing mission 6: Invincible Fleet. Costs 170,000 credits

Statistics

  • Speed: Medium
  • Air-to-air: Medium
  • Air-to-ground: Medium
  • Mobility: Medium
  • Stability: Medium
  • Defense: Above average

Weapons

Named Pilots

Colors

  • Standard: Air superiority gray
  • Erusea: Two-tone desert brown camouflage
  • Special: Vaisala livery, yellow body with red outer wing stripes and red vertical stabilizer and word "Vaisala" written beneath the cockpit.

Gallery

Ace Combat 2

The aircraft is displayed as the F/A-18D in Ace Combat 2.

How to Unlock

The F/A-18D is not available to the player in this game.

Colors

  • Enemy type A: Air superiority gray
  • Enemy type B: Two-tone brown camouflage

Gallery

Air Combat

The aircraft is displayed as the F/A-18 in Air Combat.

How to Unlock

EASY
Available for purchase at the start of the game
NORMAL
Complete mission 2: Fighter Superiority
HARD
Complete mission 2: Fighter Superiority

Price

$3,000,000 - original price
$2,700,000 - after first discount
$2,400,000 - after second discount
$1,800,000 - after third discount

Statistics

  • Defense: 2
  • Power: 4
  • Mobility: 3
  • Offense: 4
  • Stability: 3

Named Pilots

Gallery

Trivia

References

  1. The Round Table (Soldier), Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.
  2. Shattered Skies, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.