McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet

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McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
An F/A-18 Hornet in GODZILLA (1998)
Length 17.07 meters (Hornet),
18.31 meters (Super Hornet)[1]
Wingspan 12.30 meters (Hornet),
13.62 meters (Super Hornet)[1]
Targets Baby Godzillas, Godzilla, MUTO, Rodan
First appearance Latest appearance
GODZILLA (1998) Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is an American fighter jet used by several countries around the world (including the United States, Canada, and Australia), initially manufactured by McDonnell Douglas, with Boeing later making an upgraded version dubbed the Super Hornet. The F/A-18 Hornet first appeared in kaiju movies in the 1998 American GODZILLA. Both the standard F/A-18A variant and the upgraded F/A-18E Super Hornets have appeared in other films since then, where they have often been utilized by the United States against both aerial and ground-based opponents.



A trio of F/A-18A Hornets, among the U.S. military's most powerful aerial vehicles, were dispatched to destroy Godzilla's nest in Madison Square Garden. Within six minutes, the entire building was completely annihilated, and all of the Baby Godzillas were killed in the explosion. However, the adult Godzilla emerged from underneath the city streets shortly afterward. Having secretly survived an earlier submarine attack, Godzilla looked down in anger and sorrow at its dead offspring. Enraged, Godzilla chased Niko Tatopoulos and his allies across New York City, and was led to the Brooklyn Bridge, where the F/A-18 Hornets were again summoned to destroy the monster as it was trapped in the suspension cables of the bridge. Two missiles from each craft were fired directly at Godzilla, striking him in the side. Staggering in pain, Godzilla tried to grab one of the Hornets with his jaws as it flew past, but it was too fast for him to reach. With Godzilla still standing, the aircraft made a second pass, firing six more missiles, all of which successfully hit their target. Finally, Godzilla collapsed onto the street, dying from its injuries. The Hornets, successful in their mission to rid New York City of the threat posed by Godzilla, returned to their base while the monster finally succumbed to its wounds and died, surrounded by countless onlookers.

Godzilla: The Series

The F/A-18 is also a recurring military vehicle in Godzilla: The Series. Alongside the AH-64 Apache, the HMMWV and the M1A2 Abrams the Hornet fought several monsters over the course of the series.



F/A-18E Super Hornets of the US Navy were among the aircraft present aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga, taking part in the battle against the MUTOs in San Francisco alongside detachments of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning IIs. Significant numbers of the aircraft were disabled by the MUTOs' electromagnetic pulses, falling to the ground and into San Francisco Bay.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

F/A-18E Super Hornets from the U.S. Navy's Blue Diamonds squadron took part in the aerial battle against Rodan. Additional Hornets were tasked with escorting and guarding the USS Argo, and attempted to assist the F-35 Lightning IIs of Gold Squadron in defending the Argo from Rodan, only for several to be shot down in the process, alongside the entirety of Gold Squadron. F/A-18E Super Hornets of the Blue Diamonds were later used to help Monarch locate Godzilla's subterranean lair, and additional F/A-18s of the US Navy took part in the final battle between the Titans in Boston.

Godzilla vs. Kong

Following Godzilla's attack on the Apex Cybernetics facility at Pensacola, Florida, the American military was mobilized to search for him, including at least one squadron of F/A-18E Super Hornets.

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

F/A-18 Hornets and Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning IIs of the US Navy were sent to track Godzilla as he moved through the Spanish city of Cádiz.



The F/A-18 Hornet has a maximum flight speed of Mach 1.7.


The F/A-18 Hornet is armed with a single M61A1 (Hornet) & M61A2 (Super Hornet) 20mm Vulcan cannon.


The Hornet has 9 hardpoints for assorted missiles, bombs and electronic warfare equipment, while the Super Hornet has 11 hardpoints.


Both variants have a combat range of 511 miles.




This is a list of references for McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet". Wikipedia. Retrieved 15 September 2021.


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