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F/A-18 (Super) Hornet and EA-18 Growler
 
Latest update: July 2017

Company: Boeing Defense (McDonnel Douglas before merger with Boeing).
 
Abbr.: Order and inventory status information: Abbr.: Order and inventory status information:
       
Order. No. of aircraft ordered. WFU No. of aircraft Withdrawn From Use.
Opt. No. of aircraft options. Sold No. of aircraft sold to another country.
Opp. No. of possible aircraft sales. Oth. D. No. of aircraft bought from another country.
Canc. No. of aircraft ordered cancelled. LS↓ No. of aircraft leased from another country.
Del. No. of aircraft delivered. LS ↑ No. of aircraft leased to another country.
On Or. No. of aircraft to be delivered. Act. No. of aircraft operational.
W/O No. of aircraft Written Off (crashed).    
       
Lease: When the no. of aircraft LS↓ and LS ↑ are equal the leased aircraft have been returned to the owner.

 
Order and production overview - aircraft totals
 
Country Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
Australia 111       111 0 4           107
Canada 138   18   138 0 20 29 1       88
Finland 64       64 0 1   1 1     63
Kuwait 40   40   40 0   7         33
Malaysia 8       8 0             8
Spain 72       72 0 6     24     90
Switzerland 34       34 0 4           30
USA 1.768       1.728 40 190 264 38       1.236
Total 2.235   58   2.195 40 225 300 40 25     1.655
 
Comment(s):

The F/A-18A to F/A-18D models are referred to as legacy Hornets. The F/A-18E/F are known as Super Hornet and the EA-18G as Growler.

Canada:

Designated its Hornet fleet CF-188 (F/A-18A) and CF-188B (F/A-18B).

On 22nd November Canada announced it will open a transparant competition to replace its Hornet fleet. Of the original 138 aircraft 77 remain operational. Boeing and the US Government will be contacted to explore the possibility to acquire 18 new Super Hornet aircraft to be operated for an interim period until the new fighter will arrive.  

Kuwait:


The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) approved a possible sale of 40 Boeing Defense Super Hornets. The announcement was made on November 17th, 2016. Kuwait made a request to purchase 32 F/A-18E and 8 F/A-18F aircraft. When contracted the sale will be concluded by through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The Super Hornets will replace the current 'legacy' Hornets in service.



Finland:

One F/A-18C (HN-413) was rebuild after a mid air collision to a F/A-18D using parts of a Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188B (188920). The "FrankenHornet" itself crashed on January 21, 2010.
This aircraft is not reported in the above table but remains within the purchased F/A-18C numbers for the Finland and the sold Hornet CF-188B for Canada.

Spain:

Purchased 24 F/A-18As from the US Navy to augment their fleet of EF-18A/B Hornets which in turn have been upgraded to EF-18M/BM.
 
Order and production overview - aircraft detailed
 
Country Aircraft Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
Australia F/A-18A 57       57 0 2           55
  F/A-18B 18       18 0 2           16
  F/A-18F 24       24 0             24
  EA-18G 12       12 0             12
Canada CF-188 98       98 0 19 17         62
  CF-188B 40       40 0 1 12 1       26
  F/A-18F     18     0             0
Finland F/A-18C 57       57 0 1   1       55
  F/A-18D 7       7 0             7
  CF-188B           0       1     1
Kuwait F/A-18C 32       32 0   6         26
  F/A-18D 8       8 0   1         7
  F/A-18E     32     0             0
  F/A-18F     8     0             0
Malaysia F/A-18D 8       8 0             8
Spain EF-18A 2       2 0 2           0
  EF-18A+ 4       4 0 3           1
  EF-18M 54       54 0 1           53
  EF-18BM 12       12 0             12
  F/A-18A           0       24     24
Switzerland F/A-18C 26       26 0 1           25
  F/A-18D 8       8 0 3           5
USA F/A-18A 296       296 0 57 181 34       24
  F/A-18A+ 47       47 0 2           45
  F/A-18A++ 24       24 0 1           23
  NF/A-18A 3       3 0   3         0
  F/A-18(R) 1       1 0     1       0
  F/A-18B 40       40 0 7 12 2       19
  F/A-18C 463       463 0 80 55 1       327
  F/A-18C+ 1       1 0             1
  NF/A-18C 2       2 0             2
  F/A-18D 158       158 0 25 7         126
  NF/A-18D 2       2 0             2
  F/A-18E 297       297 0 7 4         286
  F/A-18F 271       271 0 11 2         258
  EA-18G 161       121 40             121
  NEA-18G 2       2 0             2
Total   2.235   58   2.195 40 225 300 40 25     1.655
 
Comment(s):

United States:

Based on the FY18 budget a total of 674 Super Hornets (F/A-18E/) will be purchased.

The last EA-18G Growlers were budgetted in FY16.
 
Photo gallery
 
Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A arrival at CFB Cold Lake to participate in Maple Flag 2001. Kuwait Air Force F/A-18D participating at the static of RIAT 1993 at RAF Fairford.
Finnish Air Force F/A-18C during exercise Frisian Flag 2015 held at Leeuwarden AB. 
     
     
Spanish Air Force EF-18M returning to Volkel AB after a mission with RNLAF F-16s in May 2017. Spanish Air Force EF-18BM during exercise Frisian Flag 2015 held at Leeuwarden AB. Swiss Air Force F/A-18C from 11 Staffel at NTM 2014 held at Schleswig-Jagel.
     
     
US Navy VFA-41 F/A-18F on the ramp of Eielson AFB during Cope Thunder 2004. US Marine Corps F/A-18D from VMFA-AW 242 operating from Eielson AFB during Red Flag Alaska 2008.  
 
USN F/A-18 Hornet operators
 
Squadron Wing Aircraft Tailcode AFB State / Country Command
VFA-2 CVW-2 F/A-18F   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-11 CVW-1 F/A-18E   NAS Oceana United States  
VFC-12 CVWR-20 F/A-18C   NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-14 CVW-9 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-15 CVW-14 F/A-18C   NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-22 CVW-17 F/A-18F   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-25 CVW-7 F/A-18E    NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-27 CVW-5 F/A-18E   Atsugi United States  
VFA-31 CVW-8 F/A-18E    NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-32 CVW-3 F/A-18F   NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-34 CVW-2 F/A-18C   NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-37 CVW-8 F/A-18C    NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-41 CVW-9 F/A-18F   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-81 CVW-17 F/A-18E   NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-83 CVW-7 F/A-18C    NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-86 CVW-3 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-87 CVW-8 F/A-18E    NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-94 CVW-17 F/A-18F   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-97 CVW-9 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-102 CVW-5 F/A-18F   Atsugi United States  
VFA-103 CVW-7 F/A-18F    NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-105 CVW-3 F/A-18E   NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-106   F/A-18A/B/C/D/E/F   NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-113 CVW-17 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-115 CVW-5 F/A-18E   Atsugi United States  
VFA-122   F/A-18A/B/C/D/E/F   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-131 CVW-3 F/A-18C   NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-136 CVW-1 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-137 CVW-2 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-143 CVW-7 F/A-18E    NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-146 CVW-11 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-147 CVW-11 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-151 CVW-9 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-154 CVW-11 F/A-18F   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-192 CVW-2 F/A-18E   NAS Lemoore United States  
VFA-195 CVW-5 F/A-18E   Atsugi United States  
VFA-204 CVWR-20 F/A-18A+   New Orleans JRB United States  
VFA-211 CVW-1 F/A-18F   NAS Oceana United States  
VFA-213 CVW-8 F/A-18F    NAS Oceana United States  
 
Comment(s):

Test and Development squadrons (NAS Patuxent River, NAS China Lake) and "Topgun" NAS Fallon not yet included. 
 
USMC F/A-18 Hornet operators 
 
Squadron Wing Aircraft Tailcode AFB State / Country Command
VMFAT-101 MAW-3 F/A-18A/B/C/D   MCAS Miramar United States  
VMFA-112 MAW-4 F/A-18A+   Fort Worth JRB United States  
VMFA-115 MAW-2 F/A-18A+   MCAS Beaufort United States  
VMFA-122 MAW-2 F/A-18C   MCAS Beaufort United States  
VMFA(AW)-224 MAW-2 F/A-18D   MCAS Beaufort United States  
VMFA(AW)-225 MAW-3 F/A-18D   MCAS Miramar United States  
VMFA-232 MAW-3 F/A-18C   MCAS Miramar United States  
VMFA(AW)-242 MAW-1 F/A-18D   Iwakuni United States  
VMFA-251 MAW-2 F/A-18C/D   MCAS Beaufort United States  
VMFA-312 MAW-2 F/A-18C   MCAS Beaufort United States  
VMFA-314 MAW-3 F/A-18C/D   MCAS Miramar United States  
VMFA-323 CVW-11 F/A-18C   MCAS Miramar United States  
VMFA(AW)-533 MAW-2 F/A-18D   MCAS Beaufort United States  
 
 
USN EA-18 Growler operators 
 
Squadron Wing Aircraft Tailcode AFB State / Country Command
VAQ-129   EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-130 CVW-3 EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-131 CVW-8 EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-132   EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-133 CVW-9 EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-134 CVW-14 EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-135   EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-136 CVW-2 EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-137 CVW-1 EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-138   EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-139 CVW-17 EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-141 CVW-5 EA-18G   Atsugi United States  
VAQ-142 CVW-11 EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
VAQ-209   EA-18G   NAS Whidbey Island United States  
 
 
Current operators
 
Squadron Wing Aircraft Tailcode AFB State / Country Command
  82 Wing EA-18G   RAAF Base Amberley Australia  
1 Squadron 82 Wing F/A-18F   RAAF Base Amberley Australia  
3 Squadron 81 Wing F/A-18A/B   RAAF Base Williamtown Australia  
6 Squadron 82 Wing F/A-18A/B   RAAF Base Amberley Australia  
75 Squadron 81 Wing F/A-18A/B   RAAF Base Tindal Australia  
77 Squadron 81 Wing F/A-18A/B   RAAF Base Williamtown Australia  
2 (OCU) 81 Wing F/A-18A/B   RAAF Base Williamtown Australia  
401 Squadron 4 Wing CF-188 Hornet   CFB Cold Lake Canada  
409 Squadron 4 Wing CF-188 Hornet   CFB Cold Lake Canada  
410 Squadron 4 Wing CF-188 Hornet   CFB Cold Lake Canada  
425 Squadron 3 Wing CF-188 Hornet   CFB Bagotville Canada  
433 Squadron 3 Wing CF-188 Hornet   CFB Bagotville Canada  
HävLLv 11 Lapland AC F/A-18C/D   Rovaniemi Finland  
HävLLv 31 Karelia AC F/A-18C/D   Rissala Finland  
9 FS   F/A-18C/D   Ahmed Al Jaber AB Kuwait  
25 FS   F/A-18C/D   Ahmed Al Jaber AB Kuwait  
61 Tr. Sqdn   F/A-18C/D   Ahmed Al Jaber AB Kuwait  
    F/A-18D     Malaysia  
Ala 12 121 Esc. EF-18M/BM 12-xx Torrejón Spain  
Ala 12 122 Esc. EF-18M/BM 12-xx Torrejón Spain  
Ala 15 151 Esc. EF-18M/BM 15-xx Zaragoza Spain  
Ala 15 152 Esc. EF-18M/BM 15-xx Zaragoza Spain  
Ala 15 153 Esc. EF-18M/BM 15-xx Zaragoza Spain  
Fl St 11 Fl Geschw 13 F/A-18C/D   Meiringen Switzerland  
Fl St 17 Fl Geschw 11 F/A-18C/D   Payerne Switzerland  
Fl St 18 Fl Geschw 11 F/A-18C/D   Payerne Switzerland  
 
 
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