The General Electric F404 engine connects to the airframe at only 10 points and can be replaced without special equipment. As a result a four-person team can remove the engine within 20 minutes.
Some Interesting Facts About The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet:
- Cockpits are night vision goggle compatible.
- Depending on the mission and loading, combat radius of Hornet is greater than 500 nautical miles.
- The E/F model will be able to perform a strike tanker mission while carrying a self-protection air-to-air missile loadout. The first flight of the F/A-18E/F occurred in December 1995.