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A Fully Loaded F/A-18F Super Hornet

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A photo of an F/A-18F Super Hornet fully loaded with 10 x GBU-32 1,000 pound bombs taken by by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matt Matlage. Each jet can carry more pounds of bombs than a B-17 Flying Fortress of World War 2 (which I think is between 4,000 to 8,000 pounds from a quick search). An aircraft carrier's load of F-18's attacking an inland target, I am guessing, must match or even beat the destructive power of the mass bombing formations of long ago. With GPS level accuracy (within 5 meters) using JDAMS, even more amazing. Just a random thought. 

F/A-18F Super Hornet of VFA-213 Fighting Blacklions loaded with 10 GBU-31  JDAM | Fighter planes, Aircraft carrier, Fighter jets

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Both aircraft are actually quite similar in payload, weight and range, 

A B-17G empty is 36,000 lbs, with a max takeoff weight of 65,500 lbs. Range with a 6000lb bomb load is about 2000 miles (or about a combat radius of miles 800 miles)

An F-18E empty is 32,000 lbs with a max takeoff weight of 66,000 lbs.  Combat radius with 4000lbs of bombs is about 800 miles. (likely carrying missiles for self defense as well, so it's probably closer to 6000 pounds of ordnance)

Of course, the The F-18 driver is back on the ship in 3 1/2 to 4 hours at the longest if he didn't hit a tanker getting to where he's going, and the B-17 crew is stuck on board for 9 or 10 hours.

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5 minutes ago, SgtBeltfed said:

Both aircraft are actually quite similar in payload, weight and range, 

A B-17G empty is 36,000 lbs, with a max takeoff weight of 65,500 lbs. Range with a 6000lb bomb load is about 2000 miles (or about a combat radius of miles 800 miles)

An F-18E empty is 32,000 lbs with a max takeoff weight of 66,000 lbs.  Combat radius with 4000lbs of bombs is about 800 miles. (likely carrying missiles for self defense as well, so it's probably closer to 6000 pounds of ordnance)

Of course, the The F-18 driver is back on the ship in 3 1/2 to 4 hours at the longest if he didn't hit a tanker getting to where he's going, and the B-17 crew is stuck on board for 9 or 10 hours.

I see that we need to do the math still for takeoff weight, combat radius, etc... thanks for the heads up. I can see that they are pretty close as you said.

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